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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Heroin

January 24, 2011

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

Michael Lowry, 27, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Lowry, on Nov. 7, 2009, possessed 18 bricks of heroin with intent to distribute them in Coraopolis, Pa.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for May 19, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court remanded Lowry to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

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

The Coraopolis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lowry.

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