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Tarentum Man Charged With Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

February 22 , 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Tarentum, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment, returned on Feb. 21, named Curtis Veasley, 33, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about April 2 and 16, 2010, Veasley distributed and/or possessed with the intent to distribute less than 100 grams of heroin, and on April 16, 2010, Veasley possessed with the intent to distribute less than 28 grams of crack. Additionally, on April 16, 2010, Veasley, a convicted felon, illegally possessed three handguns.  Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 70 years in prison, a fine of $3,250,000, 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 Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tarentum Borough Police Department 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.

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