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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
For Immediate Release
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
Thursday, October 26, 2023

Buffalo Man Going to Prison for 12-and-a-Half Years for Selling Fentanyl That Led to Two Deaths

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Reginald E. Alexander, 60, of Buffalo, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, fentanyl and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 150 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that in 2003, Alexander was convicted of a felony in Erie County Supreme Court, and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

On Dec. 30, 2020, Alexander called 911 to report that an individual identified as N.P. was present and unresponsive in his Moselle Street residence. When first responders and Buffalo Police Officers arrived a short time later, N.P. was pronounced dead. Prior to N.P.’s death, N.P. consumed fentanyl which Alexander possessed for distribution in his apartment. Subsequently, investigators recovered approximately 17 grams of fentanyl, drug paraphernalia, $3,798.00, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition from Alexander’s apartment.

On Feb. 18, 2021, an individual identified as J.M. contacted Alexander by text message to purchase fentanyl. The two met on Main Street in Buffalo, where Alexander gave J.M. fentanyl. J.M. returned home, used the fentanyl and was subsequently located by family members unconscious. First responders were called and administered Narcan and CPR to J.M., who was then transferred to a hospital where he later died.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia; the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Peter Dienes; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, New York Field Division.


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