A Lancaster man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said 23-year-old Joshua Levine faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
Between June 2013 and March 23, 2017, Levine conspired with Robert Moore and others to distribute heroin in Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs, according to prosecutors. They said Levine was a user of heroin and fentanyl he obtained from Moore, but that Levine redistributed some of the drugs to others for profit.
On Feb. 18, 2017, prosecutors said, Levine received heroin and fentanyl from Moore, which Levine, in turn, sold to another individual, who died as a result of an overdose.
On Feb. 23, 2017, undercover law enforcement officers conducted a controlled purchase of fentanyl from Levine. Law enforcement, armed with a warrant, searched Levine's Aurora Street residence on March 16, 2017, and seized fentanyl with identical packaging, after which he was arrested, prosecutors said.