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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tarentum Drug Dealers Gets Over 12 1/2 Years For Drugs And Guns

PITTSBURGH. Pa. - A resident of Tarentum, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 151 months imprisonment on his conviction of federal drug and firearms offenses, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Curtis Veasley, 35.

According to information presented to the court, Veasley stored and sold both crack cocaine and heroin from the Tarentum residence where he lived with his girlfriend Kayshala Lincoln and two small children ages 9 and 3. When police searched the home they found drugs, guns, ammunition, a bullet-proof vest and $7,540 in cash. As a felon, the defendant is precluded from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge McVerry stated that the illegal drug trade is the "root of evil" and that the defendant had harmed his children by involving himself in drug trafficking.

Veasley has charges from Lower Burrell pending before Westmoreland County Judge Alfred Bell for an alleged armed home invasion from 2008.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tarentum Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Veasley.

Updated July 14, 2015