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Marine Drive man charged with selling heroin

A 20-year-old Marine Drive man was arrested Thursday afternoon by the Erie County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit on felony charges linked to his alleged involvement in the sale of fentanyl-laced heroin.

Authorities raided the apartment of Pedro Hernandez Alvarez shortly after he allegedly sold the drugs to several undercover sheriff’s deputies, according to Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, chief of the Narcotics Unit.

Rozansky said that during the raid, conducted under a search warrant issued by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case, detectives found a quantity of suspected fentanyl-laced heroin and various drug paraphernalia, including drug scales and packaging.

“Erie County is witnessing an increase in overdose deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl and hopefully Hernandez Alvarez’s arrest will prevent another overdose or death,” Rozansky said.

Hernandez Alvarez was arraigned in Buffalo City Court and was being held in the Erie County Holding Center.

He is being held on three counts of felony possession of narcotics with intent to sell, two felony counts of criminal sale of narcotics, felony criminal possession of a narcotic drug and two misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.