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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Butler Felon Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Butler, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 70 months’ imprisonment, followed by four years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Brandon Morris a/k/a Bopp, age 35, of Butler, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, in June 2016, Pennsylvania State Police arranged for a confidential informant (CI) to buy crack and heroin from Mark Carter. Carter arranged for Brandon Morris to meet the CI. In exchange for $2,000 in pre-recorded funds, Morris gave the CI 3 bricks of heroin and ½ of an ounce of crack.

On June 28, 2016, troopers executed a search warrant on Morris’ residence located on E. Brady Street in Butler, PA. Carter was also staying at the residence. Troopers recovered a plastic bag containing 39.57g of raw heroin, a plastic bag containing 119.36g of crack cocaine, individual packets of heroin, $7,612.00, including pre-recorded funds, a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition (3 shells), and various items of drug paraphernalia. Due to a prior felony conviction, Morris is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Morris.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 15, 2020