Westmoreland County Man Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Heroin
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Westmoreland County, Pa., has been indicted bya federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearm and narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The three-count indictment, returned on April 10, named Albert Wilhoite, 24, who is currently incarcerated, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, in February 2011, Wilhoite conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. The indictment also alleges that on Feb. 11, 2011, Wilhoite possessed heroin with intent to distribute it, and he possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 45 years in prison, a fine of $2,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses 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 Drug Enforcement Administration and the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.