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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Clairton Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 41 months of imprisonment on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Malcolm Howard, 26.

According to information presented to the court at the time he entered a guilty plea, Howard, from March through June 2017, purchased 10 "bricks" of heroin and three ounces of cocaine twice per month from his codefendant, Skylar Carter, and was personally responsible for the distribution of more than 60 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of cocaine in the Clairton area. He was the first of the 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced. In imposing sentence, Judge Schwab highlighted Howard’s prior criminal history, which included a felony drug trafficking conviction, and his repeated disregard for the law.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 16, 2018