Former Station Square Club Owner and Heroin Trafficker Pleads Guilty Again to Drug Trafficking
PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Vernon Jackson, 49, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.
According to information provided to the court, on or about March 8, 2018, detectives from the City of Pittsburgh Narcotics and Vice Unit executed a search warrant at Vernon Jackson’s residence at on Pioneer Avenue in the City’s Brookline neighborhood. Jackson was the only occupant at the home at the time of the search. Detectives recovered multiple bags of cocaine, two digital scales, and drug packaging material from the kitchen of the home. Jackson was on federal supervised release at the time of execution of the search warrant for a prior federal conviction for heroin trafficking.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Sept. 10, 2019. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $2,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Defendant is detained and will be continued to be detained pending sentence.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.