John Wallace Buchanan Pleads Guilty toNarcotics Conspiracy

John Wallace Buchanan, 37, pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy, selling heroin and methamphetamine via social media and his residence. One of his customers died of an overdose in 2022, leading to an investigation and guilty plea.

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John Wallace Buchanan Pleads Guilty toNarcotics Conspiracy

John Wallace Buchanan Pleads Guilty toNarcotics Conspiracy

John Wallace Buchanan, 37, of Fredonia, NY, has pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Buchanan sold heroin, often containing fentanyl, and methamphetamine, utilizing social media and his residence to conduct his drug trafficking activities.

Why this matters: The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives across Western New York, and cases like Buchanan's highlight the urgent need for law enforcement to combatdrug trafficking. Effective prosecution of drug dealers can help reduce the supply of illicit drugs and ultimately save lives.

One of Buchanan's customers, identified as B.G., died of an overdose on January 10, 2022, in Celoron, NY. Law enforcement recovered a social media conversation between Buchanan and B.G. on January 7, 2022, discussing controlled substances. Buchanan sold methamphetamine and an opioid to B.G. later that day, and B.G. sent a message stating, "That stuff is strong" the following day.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and the Ellicott Police Department, as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, and U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced the guilty plea. Buchanan's plea comes amid ongoing efforts by law enforcement to combat the opioid epidemic and drug trafficking in Western New York. The tragic death of B.G. underscores the deadly consequences of the illicit drug trade that continues to claim lives across the region.