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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two Buffalo Men Plead Guilty To Drug Charges

CONTACT: Barbara Burns

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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Rodney Courton, 48, and John Davis, 44, both of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances through fraud, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that between December 2013 and April 2015, co-defendant Brandon Coburn, a licensed nurse practitioner who is legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances, provided fraudulent fentanyl, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and amphetamine prescriptions to Courton, Davis, and eight other co-defendants. Those prescriptions, however, were not used for a legitimate medical purposes and instead were filled by the defendants and others and sold on the street in the Buffalo area. Courton and Davis filled a total of 34 of the fraudulent prescriptions.


To date, four defendants charged in this investigation have been convicted. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Today’s pleas are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division.


Courton is scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Davis is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., both before Judge Arcara.

Updated February 8, 2017