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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Penn Hills Man Indicted On Heroin Possession Charge

PITTSBURGH – A Penn Hills man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named David Jerome Scott a/k/a David Jerome Alford, 40, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, the defendant possessed heroin with the intent to distribute it during February of 2014.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000, or both, for first time felony drug offenders. Second and subsequent offenders face enhanced potential penalties of up to 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015