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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Felon Charged with Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Trafficking

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count indictment named Nathaniel Smiley, Jr., 38, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on December 19, 2016, Smiley, Jr. distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. The indictment further alleges that on April 2, 2017, Smiley, Jr. possessed with intent to distribute quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, as well as 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

The government has filed a written notice with the Court indicating that Smiley, Jr. has two previous convictions for drug dealing. As a result, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000,000, 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 of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, of the Violent Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Special Agents and Task Force Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 27, 2018