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Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years in Prison

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

PITTSBURGH – Dorian Dawson was sentenced to 11 years and 10 months (142 months) in prison for fentanyl trafficking while on state parole for prior heroin trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Dawson, age 31, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Judge Cercone also sentenced Dawson to serve six years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison sentence.

On October 17, 2016, Dawson was arrested for trafficking fentanyl as a result of an investigation into the overdose death of one of his customers earlier that day. At the time, Dawson was on state parole following a four-year to 10-year state prison sentence that was imposed in 2012 for heroin trafficking. Dawson was convicted of heroin trafficking four times in four state prosecutions between 2010 and 2012.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Brentwood Police Department conducted the investigation in this case.

Updated November 6, 2020

Drug Trafficking