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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 9, 2019

Brooklyn Man Indicted on Heroin Charge

PITTSBURGH, Pa - A resident of Brooklyn, New York has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment, returned on July 31 and unsealed today, named Miguel A. Rodriguez, 50, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on July 27, 2019, the defendant was found in possession of, with intent to distribute, 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years to a maximum of 40 years, 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 Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 9, 2019