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Two Buffalo men plead guilty in connection with heroin trafficking conspiracy

Two men pleaded guilty in connection with a conspiracy to traffic heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy announced Thursday.

Mark Gonzalez, 22, and Michael Perez, 21, both face a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Between September 2014 and Sept. 28, 2015, Gonzalez and Perez conspired to distribute heroin on Buffalo's West Side, Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said.

Officers from the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Buffalo Police used wiretaps and made undercover purchases in the course of their investigation, according to officials.

Eight others were accused of being part of a heroin trafficking ring.

Fourteen people have been indicted in the case, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Gonzalez and Perez are the fourth and fifth to be convicted.

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