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Drug dealers convicted on multiple counts by federal jury

Two Buffalo drug dealers face a maximum of life sentences after being convicted by a federal jury Wednesday on drug and weapons charges.

Isiah Pierce, 34, and Larry Willis, 32, both were found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and being felons-in-possession of firearms and explosives. Pierce also was  convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in November 2016, Pierce and Willis used two apartments at 70 Henrietta Ave. to manufacture, package, and store crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and butyryl fentanyl. The pair kept several firearms and ammunition in each apartment to protect both their product and their proceeds, authorities said.

During a police raid on the lower apartment at 70 Henrietta, officers recovered crack cocaine, three guns and ammunition, along with a digital scale that contained drug residue, packaging material, whisks, spoons and cutting agents. A search of the upper apartment uncovered more crack cocaine, a mixture of heroin and butyryl fentanyl, three handguns and numerous rounds of ammunition, according to prosecutors.

The case was investigated by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

Pierce and Willis are scheduled for sentencing March 20 and March 21, respectively, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, who presided over the trial.

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