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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 2, 2015

Buffalo Woman Sentenced For Drug Charges

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Barbara Moran, 54, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl, was sentenced to 41 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that between September 2012 and May 2013, the defendant conspired with others to distribute fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. Moran sold fentanyl patches from her residence at 93 Pulaski Street in Buffalo. Some of those sales were made to law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity. 

Co-defendants Jordan Warunek, Barbara Moran, and Gregory Pendziwiatr have all been convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl. Warunek was sentenced to two years probation, Mary Moran was sentenced to one year in prison and Gregory Pendziwiatr was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zach.

Updated February 3, 2015