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Buffalo man sent to prison in drug, burglary cases

A Buffalo drug dealer, whose arrest two years ago on charges of selling fentanyl-laced heroin led to police warnings about the potentially fatal mixture, was sentenced Thursday to serve 3½ years in prison in connection with three separate cases.

Angel Marcial, 22, of Arthur Street, got two years for selling the heroin-fentanyl mixture to an undercover officer Aug. 14 and 16, 2013, on the West Side, according to Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken Jr.

Defense attorney Paul G. Dell said Marcial didn’t know that the heroin was laced with the powerful painkiller and that he was hospitalized for a day after he used it.

Marcial pleaded guilty last month in front of State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He also pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree attempted bribery in connection with an earlier arrest Jan. 3, 2013, after police stopped his vehicle for a traffic infraction and found heroin in the center console.

They also recovered more than $900 in drug proceeds from Marcial, who offered the money to the officers if they would release him. They refused.

Burns sentenced Marcial to two years in prison for drug possession and one to three years for attempted bribery.

Marcial also pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for breaking into his girlfriend’s home on June 30, 2014, assaulting her and forcing her to spend the night with him. She escaped after he fell asleep.

Burns sentenced him to 3½ years in prison for burglary.

The judge ordered all the sentences to run concurrently.