PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, the first 90 days of which are to be served under home detention, on her conviction of maintaining a drug-involved premises, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Jalea Carter, 26.
According to information presented to the court at the time of her guilty plea, Carter, from March through June 2017, occupied and made her residence, located on Third Street, in Clairton, Pennsylvania, available for her brother and codefendant, Skyler Carter, to store, package, and distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine. She was held responsible for approximately 4.5 grams of heroin seized from her home during the execution of a federal search warrant in June 2017. Jalea Carter is the 10th of 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.