Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty for Her Role in Selling Fentanyl that Led to a Death
BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Alisha Centi, 28, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who handling the case, stated that between March 2020, and June 2021, Centi and co-defendant Garson Butcher conspired with others to possess and sell heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. On March 29, 2020, Centi and Butcher sold fentanyl which resulted in the death of an individual identified as T.R. On September 28, 2020, Centi and Butcher sold heroin to an individual identified as K.K., who overdosed but regained consciousness after receiving multiple doses of Narcan. In addition, Centi and Butcher used residences on Fairview Avenue and Roland Road to manufacture and distribute heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.
Butcher was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division, the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James B. Quattrone.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 30, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Sinatra.