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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty In Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

June 4, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty on May 31, 2012, in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Anthony Hester, Sr., 46, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Hester and two co-defendants conspired with others known and unknown to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin between June 2009 and March 28, 2010. Hester was arrested, along with four others, on March 28, 2010, following the delivery of approximately two kilograms of heroin to a hotel in Monroeville by Hester's New Jersey source of heroin supply. Hester was expected to take delivery of the heroin.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Sept. 27, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment, including a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the detention of Hester.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

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