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Western District of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 23, 2018

Judge Sentences Armed Heroin Dealer to 6 Years in Federal Prison

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to federal narcotics and firearms charges and was then sentenced, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Ismael Felix, age 41, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon before United States District Judge David Cercone. Shortly after Judge Cercone accepted Felix’s plea, he also sentenced him to a term of imprisonment of 76 months and a term of supervised release of six years.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on August 8, 2017, FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers executed a search warrant at Felix’s apartment in Pittsburgh. While inside, agents discovered Felix in his living room with approximately 12 bricks of heroin and a loaded firearm. Felix subsequently confessed to possessing the heroin as well as to being a heroin trafficker. FBI Agents also seized over $80,000 in cash from Felix’s apartment and his home. In connection with his guilty plea and sentence, Felix agreed to forfeit the cash and the firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Western District of Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force conducted the investigation leading to guilty plea in this case. This Task Force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and state and local Task Force Officers, including officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sherriff’s Department, Allegheny County Police, Port Authority Police, Munhall Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

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Updated February 23, 2018