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North Braddock Man Charged With Conspiring To Distribute Heroin

June 22, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of North Braddock, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one‑count indictment, returned yesterday, named Russell Franklin, 24, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from February 2011 to April 2011, Franklin participated in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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 Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Monroeville 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.

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