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Citizen of Mexico Indicted for Attempted Possession of Fentanyl

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Sinaloa, Mexico, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Eduardo Rosario Acosta Montoya, age 21, formerly of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, on or about Sept. 21, 2022, Acosta Montoya knowingly attempted to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine C. Jordan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service 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 October 19, 2022

Drug Trafficking