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Pittsburgh Man Facing Federal Drug and Gun Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned on Feb.18, named Eugene Allen Morgan, 44, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 12, 2013 and Sept. 19, 2013, Morgan distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, on or about Jan. 30, 2014, Morgan, being a convicted felon, illegally possessed a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A task force led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. The task force also included several other federal, state, and local agencies from multiple states, including the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Penn Hills Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the McKees Rocks Police Department.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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