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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Carnegie Heroin Dealer Who Led Police on High-Speed Chase Down Route 28 Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 144 months imprisonment and five years supervised release on his conviction of possession with the intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on William Thompson, age 37, formerly of 750 Freedom Drive.

According to information presented to the court, on August 7, 2015, law enforcement attempted to stop Thompson, who was then operating a Porsche Cheyenne without a license. Thompson led the police on a high-speed chase on Route 28 in which speeds reached in excess of 100 miles per hour. Thompson eventually crashed and fled on foot, but law enforcement eventually captured him. A search of his vehicle revealed that Thompson was in possession of what later laboratory analysis determined was more than one kilogram of heroin.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force consisting of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Thompson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 30, 2020