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Buffalo man faces 20 years in prison after selling heroin which resulted in a death

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Posted at 9:45 AM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 09:45:22-04

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling heroin which caused a death on Seneca Street.

According to U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Damian Hicks-Bailey, 22, admitted to distributing heroin. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine for possession with tent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin.

U.S. Attorney Michael Felicetta says West Seneca Police responded to a 911 call on July 1, 2015 from a woman screaming that her son was dead.

When police responded to the apartment at 4175 Seneca Street they say they found a person dead inside. Next to the victim was an uncapped hypodermic needle and a spoon with a dried white cotton ball/filter. Officers also found an empty plastic bag.

Police say the spoon and cotton ball were tested positive for heroin and the empty plastic bag had Hicks-Bailey's DNA.

The victim's mother told police she last spoke with her son the night before around 9:30.

After reading a string of texts on the victim's cell phone about buying drugs, officers were led to a 7-11 store on Seneca Street. Surveillance images from around 1:30 a.m. at the store show Hicks-Bailey exchanging the drugs with the victim the day he died.