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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Drug, Gun Offenses

February 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to180 months in prison and five years supervised release on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Chazzio Rutherford, 25.

According to information presented to the court, on Dec. 10, 2008, Rutherford possessed heroin with the intent to distribute it.  Also on that date, Rutherford unlawfully possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and after have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm.

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

This case was 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.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office Violent Crime and Firearm Task Force, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rutherford.

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