Man sells fentanyl to undercover officers twice

Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 14:52:53-05

A Buffalo man is sentenced to 13 years in prison after selling the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

The District Attorney's Office says Robert Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. In addition to his 13 year sentence, Smith will have three years of post-release supervision, according to officials.

According to the DA's Office, Smith sold fentanyl to an undercover New York State Police officer on January 26, 2016 and February 8, 2016. State Police were able to obtain a search warrant for Smith's home based on the sales. State Police say they recovered 159 packages of fentanyl, 2 scales, packaging materials and more than $6,400 cash.

District Attorney Michael Flaherty says Smith was also arrested and charged with possessing heroin while awaiting sentencing for selling the painkillers. Officials say Smith pleaded guilty again on November 10, this time to criminal possession of a controlled substance.