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Lockport man pleads guilty in 2015 fentanyl overdose death

A Lockport man pleaded guilty to drug possession and distribution charges Tuesday in connection with a 2015 fatal overdose, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Pablo Lugo III, 27, faces a maximum 20 years in prison on his guilty plea of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of fentanyl, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Lugo is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20.

On March 29, 2015, Lockport Police investigating a dead body inside a Caledonia Street address recovered four paper wrappers, one of which tested positive for fentanyl. An autopsy determined the victim died of acute fentanyl intoxication, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said text messages from the victim's cellphone revealed the victim communicated with Lugo shortly before the victim died. Lugo admitted the victim's death resulted from the drugs the victim received from Lugo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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