Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 46 year old Debra Piatek of 1200 Penora Street, Depew, was arraigned at 9:30 this morning before County Court Judge Michael D’Amico on a sealed indictment charging her with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in or Near School Grounds, three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.
It is alleged that on September 28, 2012, Piatek sold Suboxone pills to an undercover narcotics detective near Cheektowaga Central High School. Suboxone is a brand name for buprenorphine, a narcotic preparation found in Schedule II of the Public Health Law. It is often used to manage opiate addiction. It is increasingly found to be a drug of abuse, particularly among high school and college students. It is further alleged that on October 22 and 23, 2012, Piatek also sold buprenorphine to undercover narcotics detectives.
If convicted of these crimes, Piatek faces a maximum prison sentence of 27 years.