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Penn Hills Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Law Violations

November 29, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Penn Hills, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Donald Deaderick, 31, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on March 24, 2008, Deaderick and Senekqua Mona Manuel‑Hopkins conspired to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of powder cocaine.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for March 28, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Deaderick.

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