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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

East Pittsburgh Felon Charged with Distributing Heroin and Illegally Possessing Weapons

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug and firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment, returned on Aug. 17, named Douglas Tyrone Williams, age 36, of East Pittsburgh, PA.

According to the indictment, on or about July 20, 2016, Williams possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. The indictment further alleges that during July, 2016, Williams conspired with others to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

According to the indictment, Williams also possessed a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic Ruger pistol bearing serial number 321-57348; a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic Beretta pistol with an obliterated serial number; a 45 caliber semi-automatic Para-Ordnance pistol bearing serial number P132015; a 22 caliber American Tactical Imports assault-style rifle bearing serial number A526980; and a 22 caliber CBC assault-style rifle bearing serial number ELB3341813 in furtherance of those drug offenses, after having been convicted of crimes punishable by more than one year in prison. Those cases include one conviction for Aggravated Assault, one conviction for Illegally Carrying a Firearm Without a License, and one conviction for Murder.

The law provides for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,500,000.00, and the forfeiture of the firearms. 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 Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 22, 2016