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Lockport man sentenced to 14 years in prison for fentanyl death

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Posted at 12:00 AM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 00:00:19-05

BUFFALO (WKBW) — A Lockport man will spend the next 14 years in prison for selling fentanyl that resulted in the death of another man.

Pablo Lugo III, 23, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl in connection with the March 2015 incident.

Lockport Police Officers had responded to a home on Caledonia Street and found an individual, K.R., deceased. Officers recovered four reddish paper wrappers in the bathroom, one of which was tested at the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Forensic Laboratory and determined to contain fentanyl. An autopsy determined that K.R. died of acute fentanyl intoxication.

Text messages recovered from K.R.'s cellular phone revealed that on March 28, 2015, K.R. communicated with Lugo between 12:22 p.m. and 12:51 p.m. K.R. died shortly after the text message exchange. The defendant admits that K.R.'s death resulted from the drugs he gave to K.R.