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Member of heroin ring pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A street level drug dealer pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Authorities said Raymond DeJesus, 24, of Buffalo was part of a heroin trafficking ring operated by Daniel Molina-Rios. The group brought heroin from the New York City area to sell in Buffalo and also had a local source for the drug.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who is handling the case, said that between August 2014 and September 2015, DeJesus conspired with Molina-Rios and others to distribute heroin on the city's West Side.

DeJesus is the seventh person to be convicted in connection with this case and seven more are under indictment. DeJesus, who faces up to 20 years in prison, is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 5.


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