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Federal Jury Finds Beaver Falls Man Guilty of Distributing Fentanyl and Cocaine

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - After deliberating for six hours, a federal jury found Anthony Taylor guilty of five counts of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Taylor, 35, formerly of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, was tried before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Brendan T. Conway and Lee J. Karl, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that from 2016 to August 30, 2017 Taylor participated in a conspiracy to distribute substantial quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, mainly in the Beaver Falls area. On August 3, 2017, Taylor sold fentanyl to a confidential informant. On August 30, 2017, agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, from the Beaver Falls Police Department, and law enforcement officers from other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at Taylor’s home. During that search, law enforcement seized more than forty grams of fentanyl, approximately ten grams of cocaine, adulterants, packaging material, a digital scale, more than $10,000 in cash, and cellular telephones.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for June 11, 2019. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years and not more than 140 years in prison, a fine of $13,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Pennsylvania State Police, the Beaver Falls Police Department, the New Brighton Police Department and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anthony Taylor.

Updated February 14, 2019

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