Female Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Pistol and Heroin
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearm and narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The two-count indictment named Tamika Somerville, 32, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, on or about May 12, 2012, Somerville, being a convicted felon, illegally possessed a Glock, Model 27, .40 caliber pistol. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm. Additionally, on or about May 12, 2012, Somerville possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, 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 Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the City of Pittsburgh Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.