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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Man to Prison for Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

PITTSBURGH - One resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months’ imprisonment, followed by 4 years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Liban Dirie, 47, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information possessed by the Court, from in and around January, 2014, and continuing thereafter to on or about Feb. 11, 2015, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Dirie conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine A. King prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), and a task force led by the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Dirie. The task force also was comprised of police officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Baldwin Police Department, the Munhall Police Department, Scott Township Police Department, Allegheny County Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Duquesne Police Department, and the West Homestead Police Department.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 11, 2016