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Lawrenceville Man Pleads Guilty in Heroin Distribution Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating the federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Daniel Butler, 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between 2009 and 2011, Butler packaged bulk heroin into individual bags and "bricks" at 50 bags each for several individuals, and was paid a fee for his services.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for July 27, 2012. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory J. Nescott is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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