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North Side Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Law Violation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2013

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

Jimmie McLaughlin, 36, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July 8, 2011, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, McLaughlin possessed with intent to distribute between 80 and 100 grams of heroin.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for May 15, 2013. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan B. Ortiz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Robinson Township Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jimmie McLaughlin.

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