Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 23 year old Adrian Molina of 2171 Niagara Street, Buffalo and 22 year old Frank Ribot of 727 Northumberland Avenue, Buffalo, have both pleaded guilty, as charged, to Three Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree before County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case. These were the highest charges for which both defendants could have been convicted had they gone to trial.
The pleas stem from their involvement in trafficking hundreds of bags of heroin per week on Buffalo’s lower west side during early 2012. Their arrests were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the New York State Police C-Net team and members of the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Squad.
The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian P. McNamara, Chief of DA Sedita’s Felony Trial Bureau. Molina was sentenced to a prison term of 2 years 2 years post-release supervision on these charges. Ribot is scheduled to be sentenced on April 16, 2014 before Judge Case and faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison as a prior convicted felon.