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Floridian Pleads Guilty To Violating Federal Drug Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Mateland, Fla., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Jamal Raza, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from December2004, and continuing to Nov. 18, 2009, Raza conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of Hydrocodone.  Raza also conspired with others to introduce and deliver for introduction, with intent to defraud and mislead, the drugs Tramadol, under the name of "Neurocet" and "Neurofen" and Sildenafil citrate, under the name of "Vaiet", which were misbranded drugs.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for May 13, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, 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 Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Raza.

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