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Former Sharon Resident Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Sharon, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 17, 2024, to 27 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

James West, 48, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. In pleading guilty in this case last year, West admitted to conspiring to distribute at least four grams of fentanyl between 2020 and 2021 in Mercer County. Judge Bissoon ordered West to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison.

Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin C. Dobkin and Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Mercer County Drug Task Force, the New Castle Police Department, the Sharon Police Department, the Hermitage Police Department, and the Farrell Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of West.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated January 18, 2024

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