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

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Carnegie Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of More than a Kilogram of Heroin

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Carnegie, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

William Thompson, 36, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that 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 during 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.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Nov. 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10.00.000, or both, and a mandatory minimum of ten years of imprisonment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The FBI 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 conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Thompson.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 12, 2019