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Drug dealer tied to 5 fentanyl deaths pleads guilty

A Buffalo man admitted to selling fentanyl that led to the deaths of five people, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Robert Moore, 41, of Buffalo, faces 20 to 22½ years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

Moore, appearing before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, pleaded guilty to selling the heroin and fentanyl that caused the death of one individual, and he also admitted his sales led to the overdose deaths of four others, said U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

“While today’s plea and the lengthy prison sentence, which is sure to follow, will never bring back those who died as a result of taking the drugs they got from Robert Moore, today’s plea should serve as a warning to those who remain out on the streets peddling this poison," Kennedy said.

Buffalo police stopped Moore's vehicle in November 2015 and seized 15 bags of heroin.

During the investigation, officers from Amherst, Lancaster and Buffalo and the New York State Police and DEA conducted 11 controlled purchases of fentanyl from Moore.

When Moore was arrested March 16, 2017, officers seized 202 bags of fentanyl from his Glenwood Drive residence in Amherst , Kennedy said.

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