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Federal Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Heroin Dealer to 25 Years in Prison

April 10, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh was sentenced on April 9, 2013, in federal court for violating federal narcotics trafficking and firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Harold Bacon, 30, was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison followed by eight years of supervised release by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab. From at least Jan. 18, 2010, when 18 bricks of heroin were seized from his rental car by Pittsburgh police detectives to March 3, 2011, when he was arrested after being indicted in federal court, Bacon supplied brick after brick of heroin to other heroin dealers. Bacon used young runners to store and distribute heroin for him and he used a female to pick up and transport hundreds of bricks of heroin from outside Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh.

In addition, on June 17, 2010, Bacon possessed a Desert Eagle .40 caliber pistol in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Bacon obtained the Desert Eagle pistol on that date in return for heroin. Bacon then attempted to transfer the Desert Eagle pistol to someone else shortly after he acquired it.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Police Department, 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 for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

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