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Guilty plea in pain-killer scheme

Terrance Williams, 45, of Buffalo pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Thursday to obtaining controlled substances through fraud. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said Williams faces a prison term of up to four years and a fine up to $250,00 when sentenced April 24.

The suspect and others would get fraudulent prescriptions for fentanyl, oxycodone and oxymorphone from Brandon Coburn, 33, of West Seneca, who was a licensed nurse practitioner legally authorized to prescribed controlled substances, Kennedy said.

From December 2013 until April 2015 Williams and others would sell the opioid painkillers obtained using the fraudulent prescriptions and sell the pills on the streets to addicts.

William and Coburn are among the 11 suspects charged in the drug operation uncovered by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kennedy said.

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