Fredonia man pleads guilty to selling drugs; drugs led to overdose death

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Fredonia man pleaded guilty to selling drugs that led to the overdose death in January 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

John Wallace Buchanan, 37, admitted to selling the drugs. Authorities said that Buchanan sold heroin, which he admitted often contained fentanyl and methamphetamine.

On Jan. 7, 2022, Buchanan sold meth and an opioid to a man identified as “B.G.” The next day, the person sent Buchanan a message saying “that stuff is strong.” Two days later on Jan. 10, police were called to B.G.’s residence in Celoron, where he had died from an overdose.

Buchanan used social media to conduct drug trafficking activities and also engage in unlawful firearm activities.

He pleaded guilty to one count of narcotics conspiracy. A sentencing has not yet been scheduled, but he will face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced.

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