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Judge Sentences Heroin Trafficker to 5 Years in Prison

January 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH- A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in prison 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 three years of federal supervised release. United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Dorianne Harris, 20.

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, Harris conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 gram or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. The Court learned that Harris received multi-brick quantities of heroin from co-defendant Troy Anderson on a regular and continual basis, and that Harris then sold this heroin to others. Each brick of heroin contains 50 stamp bags of heroin, which retail for between $6 and $10 each. Troy Anderson has pled not guilty to the charges against him.

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 Dorianne Harris.

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