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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 25, 2022

Jury Finds Gang Member Guilty of Firearms Offenses and Trafficking Large Quantities of Multiple Drugs

PITTSBURGH - After deliberating 9½ hours, a federal jury of four men and eight women found Duane Eugene Cash, Jr. guilty of four counts of various violations of federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Cash, age 50, of Penn Hills, PA 15235, was tried before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Cash participated in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of heroin, acetyl fentanyl, and fentanyl, possessed with the intent to distribute large quantities of heroin, acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, possessed a firearm as a convicted felon, and possessed a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense. He was part of a drug trafficking organization who used the moniker of Hustlas Don’t Sleep which distributed large quantities of illegal narcotics from 2017 to 2019, mostly in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including Penn Hills, Wilkinsburg, and Monroeville.

Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for Sept. 6, 2022 The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 15 years in prison and not more than life, a fine not to exceed $10,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court revoked the defendant’s bond.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Penn Hills Police Department, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cash.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated April 25, 2022