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Tonawanda man pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl

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BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dominique McDowell, 26, of Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of butyryl fentanyl and U-47700, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case, stated that the investigation began with the overdose death of an individual in the Town of Amherst. Subsequent investigation determined that between March 30, 2017, and April 18, 2017, the defendant sold butyryl fentanyl and U-47700 to undercover law enforcement officers on five separate occasions in the Town of Amherst and Tonawanda. In addition, between December 2016 and April 18, 2017, McDowell sold heroin to confidential sources on multiple occasions. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the Amherst Police Department, under the direction of Chief John C. Askey; the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jerome Uschold; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 28, 2018, before Judge Arcara.