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Hazelwood Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges

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

PITTSBURGH - One resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The two-count Indictment, returned on February 3, 2021, named Robert Burkes-Kelley, 23, of the City's Hazelwood neighborhood, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on December 18, 2020, Burkes-Kelley possessed with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and quantities of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. Additionally, Burkes-Kelley possessed a Springfield Arms XD Elite 9mm semiautomatic handgun; a Walther, Model PPS, 9 mm semiautomatic handgun; and a Diamond Arms, Model DB 15, semiautomatic rifle, in furtherance of the aforementioned drug trafficking crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 5 years to a maximum of 40 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $4,000,000 or both for the drug trafficking charge, as well as another sentence of not less than 5 years to a maximum of life in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000 or both for the firearms charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ira M. Karoll is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 25, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses