Homestead Man Admits Participating in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy
PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violation federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Shelby Jeffries, Jr., 33, of Homestead, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and around January 2014, and continuing thereafter to in and around April 2014, Jeffries, Jr. conspired with others known to the grand jury, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Aug. 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum of ten years and up to a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,0000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. The task force is headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is comprised of members drawn from the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Street Task Force including Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Munhall Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Shelby Jeffries, Jr.