A clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo is facing drug charges.
Multiple packages addressed to Torin Finver, 52, were intercepted by Customs and Border Patrol and postal inspectors over the past month, according to U.S. Attorney James Kennedy.
The packages contained drugs, including heroin and cocaine.
“It is, honestly, a very sad day. We see another reputable member of the community swept up in addiction and facing charges as a result,” Kennedy said.
He said Finver admitted to using bitcoin to pay for the drugs and fake urine on the dark web.
Finver worked in Family Medicine at the university but his license to prescribe controlled substances has been suspended.
“Dr. Finver was active in addiction medicine, in fact he had been used by our office previously during some of the educational programs that we put on, including one several years ago at Lancaster High School,” Kennedy said.
Finver admitted the drugs found during a raid on his Hamburg home were for his own personal use and had nothing to do with his position at UB.
The university released a statement, saying there was “no reason to believe that the charges are related to Dr. Finver’s duties at the university. The university has a process in place to address instances where an employee is accused of a crime.”
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The incident comes a week after Peter Breitnauer, the former police chief in Kenmore, accepted a plea deal after he admitted to taking prescription pills from the station’s medication drop box. He’ll be sentenced in January.