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Farrell, PA Felon Charges with Federal Drug and Gun Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – Maurice Brooks was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for firearm and drug trafficking crimes, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. 

The Indictment charges Brooks, age 35 of Farrell, Pennsylvania, with distributing and/or possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine on eight occasions in May and June 2022, and with possessing a firearm and ammunition on June 2, 2022, after a prior felony conviction.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 250 years in prison and a fine of up to $16,250,000.  Under the Under States 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 Craig W. Haller and Special Assistant United States Attorney/Mercer County Assistant District Attorney Shane T. Crevar are prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Mercer County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the return of the Indictment in this case.  This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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


Updated September 13, 2022

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