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Heroin dealer linked to fatal overdose faces up to 21 months

Damien Hicks-Bailey admits he sold heroin to an addict who died of an overdose later that day.

Hicks-Bailey, 22, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin Wednesday and, as part of his plea deal, acknowledged he sold heroin to a man found dead of an overdose 11 hours later.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta said the case against Hicks-Bailey started with a 911 call on July 1, 2015, from a woman screaming that her son was dead.

West Seneca police responded to the scene at 4175 Seneca St. and found an overdose victim inside an apartment. The police also recovered a hypodermic needle and an empty plastic bag containing the defendant’s DNA.

The investigation also included a review of the victim’s cellphone calls, which led police to a 7-Eleven store on Seneca Street where surveillance video showed Hicks-Bailey selling heroin to the victim earlier that day.

Hicks-Bailey will face a recommended sentence of up to 21 months in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

His conviction is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Seneca police.


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