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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2012

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

Duane Scott, 22, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from January 2010 to March 3, 2011, Scott conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for March 8, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, 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 Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the Ross Township Police Department, the Canonsburg Police Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department investigated this case.

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