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Buffalo man charged with selling fentanyl to undercover cops

Bail was set at $50,000 for a Buffalo man at his arraignment Monday morning in State Supreme Court on seven drug charges. Robert L. Smith, 28, is accused of selling fentanyl to undercover officers on two occasions and of having 159 glassine envelopes of the powerful opiate at his home, packaged and ready for sale. He faces two felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, three felony counts of drug possession and two misdemeanor charges involving drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested by the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team after investigators from the State Police executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered the suspected fentanyl as well as $6,400 in cash, according to Assistant District Attorney Paul Williams.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate many times stronger than heroin, has been linked to many of the overdose deaths in the area and around the country.

Smith returns before Justice Christopher J. Burns on April 14.