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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Clairton Woman Pleads Guilty in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

PITTSBURGH, PA. - A resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to distribute narcotics, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Dana McDougald, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with 20 other individuals, between March and June 2017, to distribute narcotics. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that McDougald, at the direction of her codefendant, Elliot Page, packaged, stamped and stored bags of fentanyl at her residence. Page paid for her services by assisting in the payment of her rent. McDougald acknowledged that she was responsible for the distribution of between 40 and 160 grams of fentanyl in the Clairton area. She is the eighteenth of 21 defendants charged in the case to enter a plea of guilty.

Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for January 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of not more than $1 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will depend upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. McDougald remains on bond pending the sentencing hearing.

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 September 5, 2018