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Butler County Man Charged With Conspiring To Distribute Heroin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2010

Defendant, four others charged recently are part of 22‑month multi‑agency "Project Deliverance" investigation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 10, 2010, that Todd Summers of Butler, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws.

The one‑count indictment, returned on June 8, 2010 and unsealed yesterday following his arrest, named Summers, age 41, as the sole defendant.  According to the indictment, between 2008 and February 2010, Summers conspired with others known and unknown to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram (2.2 pounds) or more of heroin.

According to Mr. Cessar, the indictment of Summers is part of a 22‑month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as "Project Deliverance," which targeted the transportation infrastructure of Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States, especially along the Southwest border. Mr. Cessar added that four others have been charged recently, and more than 7 kilograms of heroin ‑ with a street value in excess of $3.5 million ‑ have been seized, as part of the district's Project Deliverance effort.

On April 26, 2010, three Pittsburgh‑area men were indicted on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws. The two‑count indictment named Anthony Hester, Sr., age 44, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jaron McKinney, age 22, of Verona, Pennsylvania; and Aaron Johnson, age 21, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, as defendants. According to the indictment, Hester, McKinney and Johnson conspired with others known and unknown to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin between June 2009 and March 28, 2010.  McKinney is also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime. The indictment also contains forfeiture allegations.

In addition, on April 20, 2010, Delsin Azi Mott was  indicted on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws. The one‑count indictment named Mott, age 28, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant. According to the indictment, on December 9, 2009, Mott conspired with others known and unknown to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking, who presented the Summers case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison to a maximum of life, a fine of up to $4,000,000 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, if any, of the defendant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictments in these cases.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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