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Man found guilty on drug charges, faces up to 12 years in prison

A Buffalo man who was found guilty on multiple drug charges Tuesday faces up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 31 in State Supreme Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Miguel Parilla, 30, was found guilty by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns of two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count each of fourth-degree and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance following a nearly two-week bench trial.

According to prosecutors, on March 20, 2017, Erie County Sheriff's Office detectives seized about a half ounce of fentanyl, about 100 Xanax pills, about one-eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine, and marijuana in a Grand Island home following an investigation into a fatal drug overdose that occurred there. They also found material used to cut and package narcotics, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Two days later, detectives arrested Parilla and charged him with the possession of the narcotics seized from the Grand Island home, which Parilla had used to house a drug trafficking operation, according to prosecutors.

In March, in a separate case, Parilla also was convicted by a jury of third-degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Those charges stemmed from a Jan. 24, 2017, traffic stop by Buffalo Police on Hertel Avenue and River Rock Drive. Officers found a small amount of cocaine and heroin inside the glove box of the vehicle. A DNA analysis conducted on the packages matched Parilla's, who was a passenger in the vehicle, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Parilla was sentenced June 22 to 10 years in prison for those crimes.

 

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