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Leader of Pennsylvania to West Virginia heroin trafficking network convicted in federal court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher T. Gyorko, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was convicted of heroin trafficking today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Gyorko orchestrated and managed a drug trafficking operation in which heroin was transported across state lines from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania into Ohio and Marshall Counties in West Virginia, as well as locations in Ohio, for redistribution and sale. Gyrko was among six individuals charged in an 18-count federal indictment in June 2015. One additional defendant was charged in federal court by criminal Information. Six additional defendants were charged in state court.

Gyorko pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Drug Enforcement Administration led the Investigation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated January 8, 2016