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Jury Finds Pittsburgh Man Guilty of Selling Raw Heroin

April 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After deliberating 4½ hours on Friday, April 13, 2012, a federal jury of six men and six women found Albert Adusei Anin guilty of one count of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Anin, formerly of Pittsburgh, was tried before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Anin sold approximately 1½ kilograms of raw heroin between October 2009 and December 2009 in Pittsburgh. Recorded conversations obtained by the DEA between February 2010 and July 2010 established Anin intended to sell an additional two kilograms of raw heroin in May 2010, but changed his mind after seeing surveillance agents in the area of his home.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Aug. 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $4 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the detention of Anin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anin.

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