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Felon Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating drug trafficking and federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The six-count Indictment named Raymar McKenzie, age 32, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about August 12, August 19, September 15, and September 18, 2020, McKenzie possessed and distributed a quantity of cocaine base and fentanyl. The Indictment also alleges that on or about September 18, 2020, the defendant possessed a firearm and ammunition in furtherance of this drug trafficking crime. McKenzie, a convicted felon, is prohibited by Federal law from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than life imprisonment, a fine of $8,500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Narcotics conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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 October 26, 2020

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Drug Trafficking
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