Recidivist Offender Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Machinegun While on Supervised Release
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – On January 23, 2024, a former resident of Munhall, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearm laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
The three-count Indictment named Benjamin Sabo, 35, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, on October 4, 2023, Sabo possessed with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Additionally, Sabo possessed a firearm and ammunition in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime as a convicted felon. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million, 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 of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Katherine C. Jordan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.