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Brothers Charged with Possessing Fentanyl/Heroin Mixture

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

PITTSBURGH – Two Allegheny County brothers have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh and charged with a violation of the federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on November 14, named the defendants as:

  • Rondell Lawrence, 28, of Wilmerding, PA; and
  • Ronnell Lawrence, 31, of McKeesport, PA.

According to the indictment, on or about July 11, 2017, the defendants possessed with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture containing fentanyl and heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison, 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 Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), and the Pittsburgh Bureau of 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.

Updated November 16, 2017

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