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Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced To Prison For Assisting With Heroin Deals

February 17 , 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to serve 24 months in prison followed by three years supervised release for violating federal drug trafficking laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kayla Jefferson, 23, 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, the court was advised that Jefferson deliberately assisted a co-defendant acquire and distribute over 40 bricks of heroin. She picked up bricks of heroin at one co-defendant's direction and then transported them to another heroin dealer. She also stored bricks of heroin inside the residence of a co-defendant after picking them up from another heroin dealer.  Jefferson thereafter made false statements to cover for her co-defendants.

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 in this case.

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