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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 18, 2014

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

PITTSBURGH - A Beechview resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Brandon L. Johnson, 32, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in November 2011, Johnson conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

Judge Hornak sentencing for Nov. 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Johnson.

Updated July 14, 2015