Authorities make arrests after inmate deaths

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB)- The feds say they have made a direct hit in the war on drugs. Three people have been arrested following two inmate deaths at Attica State prison.

Heroin deaths are spiking at alarming rates in western New York and around the United States. The drug finds its way into dorm rooms, homes and now prison cells.

On December 5th, 2013 two Attica State Prison inmates were found dead in separate cells. Authorities now say the inmates, ages 25 and 51, died from putting pure Fentanyl into her veins.

Now, federal authorities have charged 33-year-old Elizabeth Camue Martinez with smuggling drugs to her husband, 28-year-old Andres Martinez, an inmate at Attica.

Two others are also facing charges. The US Attorney’s Office says 25-year-old Jerome Tallington and 35-year-old Davon Banks, both of Buffalo, were also charged. Tallington is accused of selling heroin to a police investigator, and Banks is accused of intending to distribute Fentanyl.

Law enforcement at all levels are warning the public about a deadly mix of Fentanyl and heroin.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, “Handing somebody a substance containing heroin and Fentanyl in many ways is similar to handing them a loaded gun.”

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