BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James Kennedy announced Thursday that a Buffalo man has been convicted with conspiracy with intent to distribute illegal drugs that resulted in death.
Dontrell Wise, 32, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, butyryl fentanyl, fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute butyryl fentanyl; and distribution of fentanyl causing death.
It is alleged that between mid-November 2017 and November 23, 2017, Wise, specifically, distributed fentanyl which caused the death 28-year-old woman from Cheektowaga, identified as A.J.
The evidence at trial established that Wise sold approximately 10 grams of a substance containing fentanyl which ultimately was injected by the woman, resulting in her overdose death.
Wise was arrested along with co-defendants Lemario Jones and Jerell Weathersby. Jones was convicted of distribution of a controlled substance and is awaiting sentencing. Weathersby was convicted of possession with attempt to distribute butyryl fentanyl and sentenced to 21 months in prison.
As a result of Wise’s criminal history, the “death results” charge carries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison.