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Buffalo man sentenced to 8 years in prison for selling heroin

A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to selling heroin to an undercover police officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison, to be followed by three years of post-release supervision, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Joseph Cruz-Ocasio, 30, sold heroin to an undercover officer on four occasions in April 2017, prosecutors said.

On May 1, 2017, police raided Cruz-Ocasio's Crowley Avenue residence and seized 30 envelopes containing heroin from inside Cruz-Ocasio's pocket. Investigators also found a large bag of heroin, packaging materials and a scale inside the home.

Another raid at a second residence on Argus Street yielded a large bag of crack cocaine, a smaller bag of heroin, packaging material and a scale, according to the District Attorney's Office.

In May, Cruz-Ocasio, a second felony offender, pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, prosecutors said. These charges were the highest in the indictment against Cruz-Ocasio, who was sentenced Wednesday by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case.

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