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Coraopolis Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug And Gun Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 28, 2010, that Brian Wiggins, a resident of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws.

Wiggins, age 27, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller advised the court that on July 30, 2008, Wiggins possessed two bricks of heroin plus 62 individual stamps bags of heroin with the intent to distribute it.  Also on that date, Wiggins possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime after already having been convicted of a felony firearms crime. Wiggins had his hand on a 9mm Springfield pistol as Pittsburgh police officers approached the car he was driving. The heroin was later found inside the car near the pistol.

Judge Diamond scheduled sentencing for November 22, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 5 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office Violent Crime and Firearm Task Force, and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Wiggins.

According to Mr. Cessar, this case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

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