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Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Heroin, Fentanyl, And Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Brendan Farver, 26, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that during the conspiracy, the defendant bought and sold heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine for profit and his own use, in addition he brokered deals for other drug dealers in and around the Jamestown area. Farver utilized Facebook to conduct his drug trafficking activities, frequently communicating with others to procure and to sell the illegal substances. In May 2020, the Conewango Township Police Department conducted undercover purchases of heroin from the defendant on two different occasions.

On July 31, 2020, Farver brought heroin/fentanyl to an associate identified as K.T. at the individual’s residence on Victoria Avenue in Jamestown. The two then injected the heroin/fentanyl. The following morning, August 1, 2020, at approximately 11:27 a.m., the Jamestown Police Department responded to K.T.’s residence for a reported overdose investigation, where officers discovered K.T., deceased. An autopsy concluded that K.T. would not have died, but for the use of heroin containing fentanyl and that K.T.'s death was the result of an accidental fatal overdose of fentanyl.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., before Judge Skretny.

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Updated October 1, 2021

Drug Trafficking