A 46-year-old Depew woman was arraigned Tuesday on charges of selling Suboxone pills to an undercover narcotics detective near Cheektowaga Central High School, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Debra Piatek, of Penora Street, faces three counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds.
If convicted, Piatek faces up to 27 years in prison.
She was arraigned before Erie County Judge Michael D’Amico.
The District Attorney’s Office said Piatek sold the pills to the detective on Sept. 28 near the high school. She is also accused of selling the drug to undercover detectives on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23.
Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphone, is often used to manage opiate addiction but has increasingly been found to be a drug of choice among high school and college students, according to a release from the District Attorney’s Office.