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Mckeesport Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Sell Cocaine

May 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Raheem Muhammad, 39, pleaded guilty on May 16, 2011, to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Muhammad and others conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute at least 500 grams but less than 2 kilograms of cocaine.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Sept. 9, 2011.  The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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 detained Muhammad.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the McKeesport Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Raheem Muhammad.

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