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Fineview Felon Admits Illegally Possessing Various Drugs and a Stolen Pistol

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty to federal drug distribution and firearms charges, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Clarence Thomas, age 29, of the City’s Fineview section, pleaded guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Quantities of Heroin and Fentanyl and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, before Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

According to information presented to the court, on Nov. 10, 2019, City of Pittsburgh Police executed a search warrant at Thomas’s residence following surveillance of apparent drug trafficking activity. Officers seized quantities of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana, as well as an illegally possessed Ruger pistol that had been previously reported as being stolen. Thomas had a prior felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and, as such, was legally forbidden from possessing a firearm.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2022. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, 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, if any, of the defendant. Thomas has been granted bond pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Updated August 25, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses