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Monday, September 23, 2019

Criminal Complaint Filed Charging Peter Rene Sanchez Montalvo in Multiple Fatal and Non-fatal Overdoses on Pittsburgh’s South Side

PITTSBURGH – Peter Rene Sanchez Montalvo aka Carlos has been charged by federal criminal complaint with illegal distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and serious bodily injury, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady, FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones and Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich announced today.

According to the federal criminal complaint filed in this case, Montalvo was arrested early this morning at a residence in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb. According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, the overdoses occurred after Montalvo distributed narcotics at an apartment on the South Side. During the party, Montalvo, wearing distinctive clothing, produced a large quantity of powdered narcotics in a box. He then cut into the narcotics and scooped out a large quantity of what the users believed was cocaine. Montalvo then started going around the room with the knife, allowing individuals to sniff the white powder from it. The surviving users stated that after they did a "bump" of suspected cocaine people immediately began to drop and suffer adverse effects. Investigation by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has initially determined the presence of fentanyl in the white powder. Pittsburgh Police Zone 3 Officers and first responders from Pittsburgh Medics and Fire Departments were dispatched to the apartments at 2626 Tunnel Blvd. Upon entering the building one adult male was found deceased outside of an elevator. Five additional persons were located inside the apartment: two deceased males and three males suffering from a medical emergency, who were transported to UPMC Mercy.

Montalvo was arrested today and is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Dodge. The United States Attorney’s Office intends to seek detention of the defendant without bail. Assistant United States Attorney Brendan Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 20 years and up to life 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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The investigation leading to the filing of charges in these cases was conducted by the FBI’s Western Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from the FBI, Port Authority Police of Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the North Versailles Police Department and the Stowe Twp. Police Department, along with the Pittsburgh

Bureau of Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated September 23, 2019