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Delaware Felon Will Spend 25 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Heroin, Loaded Gun

May 7, 2013

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

Keenan Black, 32, was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison followed by six years of supervised release by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab. Black was convicted at the conclusion of a non-jury trial on Oct. 29, 2012, of possessing heroin with intent to distribute, of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The testimony at trial established that on Jan. 6, 2011, Pittsburgh Police narcotics detectives caught Black when he had a loaded pistol in a holster on his hip and 749 stamp bags of heroin in the sleeve of his jacket. Black had previously been convicted of committing four felony crimes in four prior cases in Delaware.

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 convictions and sentence in this case.

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