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New variation of deadly opioid in WNY

Drug Enforcement Agency

First there was heroin. Then fentanyl. Then carfentanil. Now butyryl. Ever-stronger variations of the deadly opioid are making their way through Western New York.

The U.S. Attorney reports the latest guilty plea by Myles Scales, 27, of Buffalo.

Scales has pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute butyryl fentanyl in the vicinity of 1310 Broadway, on the city's East Side in November of 2017.

Butyryl fentanyl is a newer synthetic opioid that is so potent, normal doses of the overdose drug naloxone are usually not effective enough to prevent death.

Scales is scheduled to be sentenced in August. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Credit Drug Enforcement Agency