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Buffalo man sentenced to 51 months for selling crack, fentanyl to undercover officers

A Buffalo man was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison Friday for his conviction of possessing and selling crack cocaine and the powerful opioid fentanyl, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced.

Rashawn Brown, 31, had been convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine and fentanyl.

Prosecutors said that between March 31, 2017, and April 24, 2017, Brown sold crack to an undercover officer working for the Lackawanna Police Department on four occasions and once sold both fentanyl and crack to an undercover officer. He was previously convicted in September 2012 in Erie County Court on a felony charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Lackawanna Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins handled the prosecution.

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