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Felon with Multiple Convictions Charged with Illegally Possessing Heroin, Fentanyl and Guns

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - 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 Scott W. Brady announced today.

The four-count superseding indictment named Douglas Tyrone Williams, 39, of East Pittsburgh, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the Superseding 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 Williams conspired with others to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and fentanyl.

According to the Indictment, Williams also possessed a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic Ruger pistol; a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic Beretta pistol with an obliterated serial number; a 45 caliber semi-automatic Para-Ordnance pistol; a 22 caliber American Tactical Imports assault-style rifle; and a 22 caliber CBC assault-style rifle 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, and the forfeiture of the firearms, ammunition, money and jewelry. 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 and Special Assistant United States Attorney Chad R. Parks are 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.

Updated July 17, 2019

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