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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Crack Cocaine, Illegally Possessing Firearm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms and narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Alonzo Fennell, 31, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Sept. 1, 2008, Fennell possessed with the intent to distribute 9.8 grams of crack cocaine, and also possessed a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for April 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

The City of Pittsburgh Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Alonzo Fennell.

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