ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) -- Two men from Elmira were sentenced on drug charges in connection to a fentanyl ring that claimed the lives of at least two people.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Edward Barrett was sentenced to seven and a half years, and 24-year-old Dusty Pemberton was sentenced to roughly five and a half years. Prosecutors say the pair sold pills made from fentanyl, that were disguised a percocets. Pemberton and Barrett were "street level" dealers in the drug trafficking ring under the control of Robert "Ian" Thatcher, who was just sentenced last week to 23 years.
Prosecutors say Pemberton and Barrett both admitted to selling the pills, including to a 21-year-old woman, and a 25-year-old man who later died of drug overdoses.
So far, 16 people have been convicted in connection to this ring, and 13 of them still await sentencing.