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Dealer admits selling drugs that killed two addicts

A  Buffalo drug dealer admitted Tuesday to selling heroin and fentanyl that killed two people.

Aaron J. McDuffie, 23, is the latest in a series of dealers to be linked to a death, but the first linked to two deaths. Both victims, a 24-year-old Cheektowaga man and a 34-year-old West Seneca man, died of overdoses, one in 2015, the other in 2016.

Under the plea agreement signed by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, McDuffie faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said the sentence is steep because all lives, even those of addicts, are valuable and, "Hopefully, this plea will help to deliver that message.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Cheektowaga and West Seneca police.

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