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Duquesne Felon Charged with Possessing Heroin, 3 Firearms

November 7, 2012

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

The three-count indictment named Raheem Brown, 29, of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on Aug. 17, 2012, Brown possessed with the intent to distribute heroin and possessed three firearms in furtherance of that drug trafficking offense. Brown possessed these firearms after he had been convicted in state court of felony charges of Aggravated Assault and drug distribution offenses. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

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