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Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in Heroin Trafficking Scheme Targeting Mid-Atlantic States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Luis Colon, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, was convicted of conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Colon, 30, pled guilty before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing to occur on Nov. 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

In support of the guilty plea, the Court was informed that Colon would make occasional heroin trafficking trips to Pittsburgh as well as to other locations in the mid-Atlantic region. He was the source of supply for hundreds of grams of heroin for drug traffickers in the Pittsburgh area and elsewhere. Colon was arrested in Richmond, Va., in October 2013, following his indictment in the Western District of Pennsylvania. At the time of his arrest in Richmond, Colon admitted that he had traveled there to collect $5,000.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least five and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office led the multi-agency investigation of this case that also included the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Moon Township Police Department, the North Fayette Police Department, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the McKees Rocks Police Department, the Cranberry Township Police Department, the McKeesport Police Department, and the Wilkinsburg Police Department.

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