Accused Area Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty To Role In Fatal Overdose

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BUFFALO, NY (WNY News Now) – An accused Jamestown area drug dealer has plead guilty to selling fentanyl, which lead to a fatal overdose in 2020.

The U.S. Attorney Office says 30-year-old Garson Butcher entered the guilty plea on Wednesday. He was charged by the DEA, with assistance from Jamestown Police, federally with distribution of fentanyl causing death, narcotics conspiracy, and using and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

Between March 2020 and June 2021, Butcher was accused of working with co-defendant Alisha Centi of selling heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

In March of 2020 one of Butcher’s customers, identified as T.R., overdosed and died from their drugs.

Furthermore, prosecutors said their heroin is responsible for other non-fatal overdoses as well.

Sentencing is scheduled for next spring. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one million dollar fine. Charges remain pending against Centi.


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