A Lockport man pleaded guilty Thursday to taking five opiate-addicted women to Western New York farms, dairies and Native American reservations to have sex with paying customers in exchange for drugs.
Oliver Kimmons, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.
In return, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 13 other counts, including distributing fentanyl on Jan. 30, 2015 that caused the death of a person identified only as H.C.
Kimmons admitted in his plea agreement that between 2013 and 2016 he initially provided the adult women with free heroin, and later began to charge them for it. After they could no longer afford the drugs, he drove the women to the sites, collected money from customers, then "paid" his victims in heroin, and also had sex with the victims in exchange for drugs.
Kimmons' sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 26. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Niagara County Drug Task Force, Erie County Sheriff's Office, Lockport Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.