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

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Aliquippa, Pa. Man Looking at 5 to 40 Years after Pleading Guilty to Drug Possession

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Ossie Foster, age 37, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin; a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing detectable amounts of fentanyl and heroin before Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that a confidential source informed the Beaver County Anti-Drug Task Force that Foster distributed “brick” quantities of heroin and fentanyl from his residence. Acting, in part, on information provided by that confidential source, the Beaver County Anti-Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Foster’s residence of 1710 Main Street in Aliquippa on June 13, 2020. During the search, law enforcement recovered multiple controlled substances in various packaging. From a large plastic bag in the basement, officers recovered approximately 937 net grams of heroin that bore the imprint of a swastika. Additionally, law enforcement recovered 336 white glassine bags stamped “Barney” in red ink and 279 white glassine bags stamped “Road Runner” also in red ink. Finally, officers recovered plastic baggies of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as crack, in the residence and within a pair of the defendant’s sneakers.

In addition to the controlled substances, officers recovered the following from the defendant’s residence: five digital scales, empty glassine bags, packaging paper with an imprint of a swastika, an armored bulletproof vest, 9mm, .380 special, and .40 caliber ammunition, a loaded .9mm caliber pistol magazine, gun parts, an empty Taurus gun box, bulk United States currency, and indicia for the defendant.

Following a search of the residence, the defendant consented to a search of a black Lincoln sedan parked outside the residence. A wallet in the driver’s side visor contained the defendant’s identification and bulk United States currency. Additional bulk United States currency was seized from the sunglass holder. A duffel bag in the trunk contained a Taurus model PT 24/7 G2C, .40 caliber firearm. The firearm was loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. Officers recovered another .40 caliber magazine containing 11 rounds of ammunition within the same duffel bag as the loaded firearm.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for March 22, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and not more than forty (40) years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Court ordered that the defendant be detained pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Beaver County Anti-Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 30, 2021