Jury Finds Pittsburgh Man Guilty Of Violating Federal Narcotics Laws
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ On April 26, 2011, after deliberating for approximately six hours, a federal jury of seven men and five women found Lloyd Benjamin guilty of three counts of violating federal narcotics offenses, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Lloyd Benjamin, 40, was tried before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch in Pittsburgh.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Benjamin conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute more than 100 grams of heroin from May through June of 2010. Additionally, Benjamin possessed with intent to distribute and distributed less than 100 grams of heroin on both June 2 and June 30 of 2010.
Darnelle Wade, a co‑defendant originally indicted with Lloyd Benjamin, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating narcotics offenses on April 14, 2011.
Judge Bloch scheduled Benjamin's sentencing for Aug. 25, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years imprisonment. The statutory maximum punishment is life in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the Court ordered that Benjamin continue to be detained.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance with the Pennsylvania State Police, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lloyd Benjamin.