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Heroin dealer tied to fatal overdose sentenced to 8 years

Damien Hicks-Bailey, a heroin dealer tied to a fatal overdose in West Seneca, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

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

The case against Hicks-Bailey, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Felicetta, stemmed from an investigation that tied the victim, found inside a West Seneca apartment, to a surveillance video showing Hicks-Bailey selling him heroin at a 7-Eleven store on Seneca Street earlier that day.

Hicks-Bailey' sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and West Seneca police.

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