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Two Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin

August 24, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two Pittsburgh-area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on Aug. 9, 2011, and unsealed today, named Darin Burke, 25, of McKeesport, Pa., and William Powell, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as defendants.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from in and around December 2010 to in or around April 2011, Burke, Powell, and other individuals conspired to distribute heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Monroeville Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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