Duquesne Man Charged in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Duquesne, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned on Jan. 2, named Shane Brooks, 26, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from December 2010 to January 2012, Brooks conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense 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 and the Pennsylvania State Police 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.