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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Former Wilkinsburg Man Caught in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years’ (60 months’) imprisonment on his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jeremy Fooks, 33.

According to information presented to the court, the charges resulted from a 12-month investigation by the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force (GPSSTF), which targeted a large scale Drug Trafficking Organization operating in Butler, Beaver and Allegheny Counties. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Fooks was distributing fentanyl, and, as a condition of his guilty plea, accepted responsibility for the distribution of between 32 and 40 grams of fentanyl in the Pittsburgh area. The court was further informed that the defendant also accepted responsibility for ammunition that was seized during the execution of a search warrant at his residence. Fooks has two prior felony drug convictions and as such, is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. Schupansky prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The FBI’s Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force (GPSSTF) led the mulit-agency investigation that led to the successful prosecution of George. The GPSSTF is comprised of dedicated law enforcement professionals from the Wilkinsburg Police Department, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police Department, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the FBI. Additionally, the GPSSTF and the United Sates Attorney’s Office for theWestern District of Pennsylvania, would like to recognize the significant contributions made to this investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police, United Sates Postal Inspection Service, Cranberry Township Police Department and the New Brighton Police Department.

Updated May 14, 2020