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Munhall Man Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

January 23, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Munhall, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 90 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. This term of imprisonment is to be followed by four years of federal supervised release. United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence yesterday on Ryan Harper, 37.

According to information presented to the court, from in and around May 2012, and continuing thereafter to in and around March 2013, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Harper conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, the indictment charged that, in March, 2013, Harper engaged in a controlled sale of heroin to a confidential informant. Harper had previously pled guilty to these charges contained in the Superseding Indictment.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric S. Rosen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, City of Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, McKeesport Police Department, Munhall Police Department, and the West Homestead Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution and sentencing of Ryan Harper.

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