Barbara Moran, 53, and her sister-in-law, Mary Moran, 50, both of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to charges of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said both face prison terms of up to 20 years and fines of up to $1 million or both when they are sentenced in several months.
The case hinged on proof that from September 2012 and last May Mary Moran would routinely sell to Barbara Moran her prescription fentanyl patches. Barbara Moran, prosecutors said, then sold those patches and other controlled substances out of her Pulaski Street home, including sometimes to undercover law enforcement officers investigating the scheme.
Barbara Moran will be sentenced June 16 and Mary Moran will be sentenced July 2. Cheektowaga drug detectives worked with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents on the case.