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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Former Kenmore Police Chief Sentenced For Possession Of Hydrocodone

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Peter Breitnauer, of Kenmore, NY, who was convicted of possession of hydrocodone, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and a $1,000 fine by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

On October 5, 2018, FBI Special Agents asked the defendant about allegations that he had been diverting prescription pills from the NYS Medication Drop Box located at the Kenmore Police Station. Breitnauer admitted that he was unlawfully using hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and had been taking hydrocodone pills from the box for his personal use. The defendant guided agents to a closet in his office, where he had stashed more than 100 hydrocodone pills that he had diverted from the drop box.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

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Updated April 10, 2019