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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Crafton Man Charged in Superseding Indictment with Drug and Gun Law Violations

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Crafton, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The four-count Superseding Indictment, returned on August 13, named Robert Allen, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the Superseding Indictment, on May 11, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Western Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force, assisted by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, executed a series of search warrants in Allegheny County. Agents recovered over two kilograms of pure fentanyl, an AK-47 assault rifle, and over $100,000 in cash.

As a result, according to the Superseding Indictment, Allen is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl, distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl on April 26, 2017, distribution and possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl on May 11, 2017, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. As a convicted felon, Allen is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years nor more than life in prison, a fine of up to $20,000,000, or both. The United States is also seeking the forfeiture of $116,054 in United States Currency, a black Infinity QX56 SUV, a Romarm Assault Rifle, and numerous items consistent with drug packaging and distribution. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Port Authority Police Department, Munhall Township Police Department, and West Mifflin Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated August 14, 2019