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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Clairton Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession Charges

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Kevin Jabbar Thomas, age 42, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Clairton Police Department were conducting an investigation into the illegal drug activities of the defendant. On April 26, 2016, agents and police officers executed a search warrant on the defendant’s Clairton residence. They recovered crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for March 20, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and the Clairton Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Updated October 24, 2017