Clairton Man Sentenced for Role in Cocaine Trafficking Scheme
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, 180 days of which is to be served in home confinement, and a $7,500 fine 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 Samuel Lopresti, 56.
According to information presented to the court at the time he entered a guilty plea, Lopresti, from March through June 2017, regularly purchased cocaine in 1.5 ounce to four ounce quantities from his codefendant, Skyler Carter, for personal use and for further distribution in the Clairton area. He was held responsible for the distribution of between 400 and 500 grams of cocaine during that period. Lopresti is the fourth of the 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced.
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.