Union City Man Charged With Drug And Firearms Offenses
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Union City, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession with the intent to distribute LSD, Ecstasy, and Marijuana, conspiracy to distribute LSD and Ecstasy, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The five-count indictment named Shane Patterson, 21.
According to the indictment presented to the Court, from September 2010 to March 2011, Patterson conspired with others to distribute LSD and Ecstasy. On March 14, 2011, he possessed quantities of LSD, Ecstasy, and Marijuana that he intended to distribute. Also on March 14, 2011, Patterson possessed five firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $3,500,000, 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 Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.