Dominican Republic Native Pleads Guilty to Smuggling $2 Million in Heroin Nearly 6 Years After His Flight from Justice
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Jeannette City, PA pled guilty in federal court to a charge of violating a federal narcotics law, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today. Mr. Axton also acknowledged responsibility for violating conditions of supervised release related to a separate previous conviction.
Tristin Bradley Axton, 25, of Jeanette City, PA, pled guilty to a one-count Information before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. In connection with the guilty plea, attorneys for the United States advised the Court that on or about March 27, 2023, Mr. Axton possessed approximately 139 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. In connection with his supervised release, Mr. Axton acknowledged responsibility for violations resulting from criminal charges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania filed against him in November 2021, January 2022 and twice in July 2023; and for the conduct that led to his federal charges.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing and a final supervised release revocation hearing for February 20, 2024. In connection with the Information, the law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. In connection with the supervised release violations, the law provides for a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison and a term of supervised release of up to life. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the defendant’s prior criminal history.
The Court ordered the Mr. Axton’s supervised release to be revoked and ordered him to be remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals for detention until his sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorneys Ross Lenhardt and Benjamin C. Dobkin are prosecuting these cases on behalf of the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigations that led to the prosecution of Mr. Axton.