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Grand Jury Indicts McKees Rocks Drug Rehab Operator on Heroin Possession Charge

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of McKees Rocks, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on November 1, named David Francis, age 65, of McKees Rocks, PA. A previously filed criminal complaint described Francis as operator of Next Step Recovery Housing in McKees Rocks, Pa.

According to the indictment, on or about October 6, 2017, Francis possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration 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.

Updated November 2, 2017

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