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Former Pennsylvania Resident Pleads Guilty to Possessing with Intent to Distribute Illegal Drugs

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – Jamir Hughes was convicted of possessing trans-3-methylfentanyl, cis-3-methylfentanyl, and cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Hughes, age 23, formerly of Delaware County (Pennsylvania), pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Robert J. Colville. Judge Colville scheduled sentencing to occur on May 8, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that, on May 27, 2020, Hughes possessed 17 grams of a mixture of trans-3-methylfentanyl and cis-3-methylfentanyl and 115 grams of cocaine in a car that was traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County. 

Hughes was on his way from the Philadelphia area to Butler in Butler County. Hughes intended to distribute the controlled substances after arriving in Butler. Hughes, however, did not make it to Butler because the Pennsylvania State Police stopped the car in Somerset County and thereafter seized the controlled substances.

The law provides for a sentence of at least 5 years up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Pennsylvania State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Butler County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force led the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.

Updated January 10, 2024

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