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Buffalo man arrested with 167 bags of suspected fentanyl

A Buffalo man was arrested Wednesday after 167 bags of suspected fentanyl, a synthetic opiate, were discovered during a search of his residence, State Police reported.

Robert L. Smith, 28, was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, police said.

Smith was arrested by the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team after entry was made by the Buffalo Police Department SWAT Team, State Police said. Investigators from the State Police executed a search warrant and discovered the suspected fentanyl as well as a quantity of cash, the release stated.

The investigation began four weeks ago when the Amherst Police Department Narcotics Unit learned of an individual selling a powerful opiate purported to be heroin, police said. The heroin turned out to be fentanyl, a synthetic opiate 20 to 40 times stronger than heroin, police said.

Smith was being held pending arraignment.