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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Drug, Gun Laws

October 15, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Pittsburgh resident pleaded guilty to violating federal firearms and drug trafficking laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Leonard Sykes, 39, was convicted of possessing a .45 caliber Taurus pistol on Dec. 19, 2011, after being convicted of multiple felony crimes. Sykes was also convicted of possessing heroin with intent to distribute it on Nov. 10, 2010.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,250,000, 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 Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Swissvale Police Department, the Rankin Police Department, and the Allegheny County Crime Laboratory investigated this case.

This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

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