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Niagara Falls Woman Pleads Guilty To Selling Fentanyl That Led To An Overdose Death

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 Trini E. Ross announced today that Dallas Porter, 36, of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charges carry 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 in February 2021, Porter participated in supplying fentanyl to two individual users which resulted in overdoses, one of which was fatal. On February 7, 2021, the Lockport Police Department responded to a 911 call at a 7-11 on Park Avenue. Officers arrived and found one individual in a vehicle in the parking lot and another inside the 7-11 on the floor, both were unresponsive and unconscious. After locating a baggie containing a white powdery substance, first responders administered Narcan. The individual in the car became responsive and survived. The individual inside the store did not survive, dying as a result of “acute fentanyl intoxication.” Porter was subsequently arrested and at the time of her arrest was found with methamphetamine in her possession. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Keith Kruskall and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Filicetti. 

Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, 2022, before Judge Skretny.   

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Updated December 23, 2021

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