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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Felon Pleads Guilty to Heroin/Fentanyl Dealing, Gun Charges

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to drug dealing and illegal gun possession charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Nigel Macaya Broadus aka “Little Nige”, 21, of Wilkinsburg, PA pleaded guilty to all six counts of the indictment against him before United States District Judge Cathy M. Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Broadus sold heroin on April 30, 2015, May 4, 2015, and June 3, 2015. Broadus was in custody on other charges from September of 2015 through February of 2017. But then, starting in February of 2017, the defendant was involved in a drug conspiracy where others aided him in his drug activity, including running drugs for him, renting him cars, and obtaining guns for him. On April 25, 2017, Broadus was caught by law enforcement in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol purchased by his girlfriend, as well as heroin and fentanyl that he intended to sell. Federal law prohibited Broadus from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to his two separate August 30, 2016 convictions for Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Allegheny County.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for April 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of up to 110 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,250,000, and at least three years of supervised release. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that the defendant remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt of the Violent Crime Section is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Broadus with valuable assistance from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Monroeville Police Department and the Wilkinsburg Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Updated February 6, 2018