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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Indiana Felon Charged with Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Edinburgh, Indiana, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on charges of violating federal firearms and narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The three-count Superseding Indictment named Abdullah Woods, age 29, as the sole defendant.

According to the Superseding Indictment, on December 7, 2020, Woods was found to be in the possession of a firearm and ammunition. Woods is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior conviction. The Superseding Indictment further alleged that on that same date, Woods was found to be in possession with the intention of distributing cocaine base and cocaine. The Superseding Indictment also alleged that Woods possessed the firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $5,000,000.00, a term of supervised release of at least four years, or a combination thereof. 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 Robert C. Schupansky is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated May 3, 2021