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Woman found with nearly 1,000 packets of suspected heroin pleads guilty to drug charges

A Buffalo woman pleaded guilty Thursday to three drug charges linked to her arrest with her son in February after police executing a search warrant at their home recovered nearly 1,000 packets of suspected heroin.

Erika Brown, 40, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance – all Class B felonies – after admitting that she sold heroin on two occasions to an undercover officer.

Brown’s son, Erik Arias, 23, previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of drug possession.

The two have been jailed since their arrest Feb. 26 at their 15th Street home, where Buffalo police reported finding 970 packets of the narcotic.

Judge Kenneth F. Case set sentencing of both defendants for June 15.

Also Thursday, Case presided over the arraignments of two other defendants accused of selling heroin. Both men already were in custody on unrelated charges and both were indicted on three counts each of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Daniel Loster, 32, of Paul Place, allegedly sold heroin on three separate occasions to an undercover officer. He has a long criminal history involving property crimes and forgery, in addition to other drug convictions. He faces charges of assault, harassment and petit larceny in Buffalo City Court.

Along with the charges from the latest indictment, Joshua Negron, 22, of Niagara Street, also has several matters pending in City Court, most of them involving possession of prison contraband, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and drugs outside their original containers.

Health officials say Erie County now is averaging about 10 narcotic overdose deaths each week.

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