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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2 Pittsburgh Men Charged with Gun Crimes, Trafficking Heroin, Fentanyl and Crack

PITTSBURGH, PA – Marvin Dennis and Malik Martinez have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for committing drug trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. 

The indictment, returned on August 21 and unsealed today, charges Dennis, age 22, and Martinez, age 21, both of Pittsburgh, with (1) conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine from September 2017 to April 3, 2018; (2) possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine from September 2017 to April 3, 2018; and (3) possession of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking conspiracy from September 2017 to April 3, 2018.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least five years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $2,250,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal histories, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorneys Caitlin A. Loughran and Craig W. Haller are prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 23, 2018