PITTSBURGH, PA -- A former resident of North Versailles, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Jason Malos, age 38, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute forty grams or more of fentanyl. This case is related to an investigation that focused on a drug trafficking organization that referred to themselves as Hustlas Don’t Sleep. That investigation has resulted in numerous indictments charging dozens of HDS members with narcotics and firearms violations. Malos was a wholesale customer of the organization who purchased and redistributed substantial quantities of fentanyl, as revealed through court-authorized interceptions of his communications, surveillance, and a later search of his residence pursuant to a search warrant.
Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $8,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Monroeville Police Department, Attorney General’s Office and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Malos.
This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.