Skip to main content
Press Release

Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced To 30 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Carla Brown, age 45, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on May 31, 2024, by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner, to 30 months’ imprisonment following her conviction on the charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

 According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the charges stem from an investigation in which the Pennsylvania State Police made a traffic stop on May 14, 2020, in Lebanon County, of a vehicle in which Brown was an occupant.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 350 grams of cocaine, and $5,020 in U.S. currency. 

The driver of the vehicle, William Shaw, was convicted on the charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.

The charge against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Pennsylvania State Police.   Assistant United States Attorney Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.     


Updated June 3, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking