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California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Bring Fentanyl and Carfentanil from Overseas into Western PA for Distribution

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

PITTSBURGH – A resident of California has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years’ (120 months’) imprisonment and five years’ supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy for possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Nikia Perkins, 44, of Bloomington, California.

According to information presented to the court, the charges in this case resulted from a wiretap investigation conducted by the FBI and other law enforcement partners. During the investigation, the defendant was intercepted over a wiretapped phone discussing drug transactions. The investigation revealed that the defendant, along with others, was responsible for over a kilogram of fentanyl and a quantity of carfentanil being brought into the Western District of Pennsylvania from overseas. The defendant requested that he be able to serve his sentence back in California.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. Schupansky prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This prosecution was part of a 12-month investigation by the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force (GPSSTF), which targeted a large scale Drug Trafficking Organization operating in Butler, Beaver and Allegheny Counties. The GPSSTF is comprised of dedicated law enforcement professionals from the Wilkinsburg Police Department, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police Department, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the FBI. The GPSSTF and the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania, would like to recognize the significant contributions made to this investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police, United States Postal Inspection Service, Cranberry Township Police Department and the New Brighton Police Department.


Updated July 24, 2019

Drug Trafficking