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Buffalo man pleads guilty to running West Side heroin ring

A Buffalo man faces a maximum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty on heroin charges Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Juan Oliverias-Arbello, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin when he stood before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges also carry a penalty of a $5 million fine.

Oliverias-Arbello conspired with Hector Carattini and others to distribute heroin on Buffalo's West Side, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser.

Federal praosecutors  said the organization acquired heroin from the New York City area for distribution in Buffalo but also had an alternate local source for the heroin it distributed.

A total of 14 people have been indicted in this case. Oliverias-Arbello is the second to be convicted. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 5.

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