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Westmoreland County Felon Admits Having Gun, Selling Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 16, 2010, that on June 15, 2010, Rashika J. Porter, a/k/a Sheik, a resident of Wyano, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws.

Porter, age 33, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorneys Margaret E. Picking and Barbara K. Swartz advised the court that Porter, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a 9mm Glock pistol on March 27, 2007, by his parole officer.  On November 16, 2008, Porter attempted to sell six kilograms of cocaine for $188,000 to an undercover narcotics agent.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for October 15, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of life imprisonment, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Porter's order of detention.

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Rashika J. Porter.

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