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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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July 1, 2013

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

Donald Lyles a/k/a Chief, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about April 25, 2013, Lyles possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Dec. 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years to a maximum of life in prison, a fine not to exceed $8,000,000, 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 Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Donald Lyles.

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