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Buffalo men charged with selling heroin linked to the death of a Hamburg man

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Tyrone Green, 24, and Brennen Bryant, Jr., 25, both of Buffalo, NY, with possession and distribution of fentanyl which caused the death of an individual, possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue, as well as heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Seth T. Molisani, who are handling the case, stated that according to the superseding indictment, on March 23, 2018, the defendants distributed fentanyl to an individual who was later found deceased in the Town of Hamburg. Through text messages on the decedent’s cellular telephone, detectives with the Hamburg Police Department and Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration identified Green and Bryant as the decedent’s suppliers. Law enforcement officers then set up a controlled purchase of fentanyl from Green who was arrested when he arrived to sell the fentanyl.

Subsequent investigation revealed that between October 2017 and January 2018, the New York State Police made numerous controlled purchases of butyryl fentanyl, fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin from both defendants.

The superseding indictment is the result of an investigation by the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Wickett, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special-Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, the New York State Police, under the direction Major Edward Kennedy, and the Orchard Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Pacholec.

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.