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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Grand Jury Indicts Washington County Man for Distributing Fentanyl

PITTSBURGH - A resident of the City of Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on August 24, 2017, and unsealed today following his arrest, named Romone Barnes, 31, of Washington, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Barnes distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl on or about June 26, 2017. Barnes is detained pending trial.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $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.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Task Force Officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, and Washington County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 25, 2017