Man pleads guilty to selling drugs that led to overdose death in Celoron

BUFFALO – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that John Wallace Buchanan, 37, of Fredonia pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to narcotics conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that during the conspiracy, Buchanan sold heroin, which he admits often contained fentanyl, and methamphetamine. He utilized social media to conduct his drug trafficking activities, and engage in unlawful firearms activities. Buchanan also utilized his residence to conduct his drug trafficking activities. One of Buchanan’s drug customers was an individual identified as B.G. In the early morning hours of January 10, 2022, the Ellicott Police Department responded to B.G.’s residence in Celoron, NY, for a death investigation. B.G. was found lying on the living room floor, clenching an elastic head band in his hands with a needle in close proximity. Law enforcement seized B.G.’s cell phone and recovered a social media conversation on January 7, 2022, between Buchanan and B.G., during which they discussed controlled substances. Buchanan sold methamphetamine and an opioid to B.G. later that day. The following day, B.G. sent Buchanan a message stating, “That stuff is strong.”

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.


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