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Pittsburgh Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for Dealing Heroin while on Supervised Release

February 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Ricco Sears of Pittsburgh, Pa., was sentenced for heroin trafficking while he was on federal supervised release following a prior conviction and sentence for heroin trafficking, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Sears, 28, was sentenced by United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer to serve 60 months in federal prison, consecutive to the 18-month prison sentence Sears recently received for violating his supervised release for his prior federal heroin trafficking conviction. Judge Fischer also ordered Sears to serve six years of supervised release following his release from prison and to forfeit the $20,910 in United States currency that was seized from Sears in August 2012.

In October 2013, Sears pled guilty to possessing heroin with intent to distribute it in August 2012 and to distributing heroin in April 2012. Sears was on federal supervised release during that time period.

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

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh and New York, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Wilkins Township Police Department, the East Pittsburgh Police Department, the New York City Police Department, the Blair County District Attorney's Office, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation leading to the convictions and sentence in this case.

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