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Local Man Pleads Guilty in Heroin Trafficking Scheme, Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

August 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to serve 96 months in prison followed by there years supervised release for violating federal drug trafficking laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Marcus Allen, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and was sentenced by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea and sentence, the court was advised that Allen acquired and distributed bricks of heroin to other heroin dealers. At the time, Allen was on state parole following a prison sentence for an aggravated assault conviction.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the Ross Township Police Department, the Canonsburg Police Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

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