WENY News - Two Elmira men sentenced in connection to Twin Tiers fentanyl ri

Two Elmira men sentenced in connection to Twin Tiers fentanyl ring

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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.

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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.

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