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Illegal Alien Charged With Heroin Distribution

June 10, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of McKees Rocks, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three‑count indictment, returned on June 9, 2011, named Saul Lopes‑Viera, 23.

According to the indictment, on three occasions, May 21 and 27, 2010, and March 8, 2011, Lopes‑Viera possessed with intent to distribute and distributed heroin.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment and 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 Barbara K. Swartz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Canonsburg 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.

In a separate matter, Lopes‑Viera pleaded guilty on June 7, 2011, to violating the federal immigration laws.  In that case, Lopes‑Viera admitted to entering the United States illegally following a prior deportation.

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