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Buffalo man charged in second superseding indictment for selling heroin/Fentanyl that resulted in death

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment charging Jawayne Watkins, 29, aka Weezy, of Buffalo, NY, with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin and 4-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, causing serious bodily injury to, and the death an individual identified as A.C. Watkins, if convicted, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the second superseding indictment, between November 9, 2017, and November 10, 2017, Watkins distributed heroin and 4 fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl causing the death of an individual identified as A.C.

Watkins was on New York State parole and living in a halfway house at the time of his arrest in November 2017.

4 fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl is a rare, dangerous form of fentanyl which was allegedly distributed by Watkins.

The second superseding indictment is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.   

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.