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Millvale Woman Pleads Guilty In Large‑Scale Heroin Distribution Scheme

October 5, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to violate federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Angie Lee Morgan, 53, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between 1999 and 2008 Morgan conspired to distribute more than 30 kilograms of heroin in Western Pennsylvania, which she obtained from a source of supply in Newark, New Jersey. Typically, Morgan would send couriers to New Jersey to obtain the heroin. The investigation of Morgan began with a seizure of approximately 11,000 bags of heroin by the Allegheny County Police on Jan. 6, 2005 in Monroeville.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of not less that 20 years and not more than life in prison, a fine of $8,000,000, 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the detention of Morgan.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service ‑ Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Angie Lee Morgan.

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