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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Large-Scale Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison

PITTSBURGH – Eric Ewell, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pled guilty and was sentenced to 144 months in prison for conspiring to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Ewell, age 33, was sentenced in Pittsburgh by United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Judge Fischer also imposed a 5-year term of supervised release to follow the federal prison sentence.

In conjunction with the guilty plea, the Court was informed that, between 2011 and 2013, Ewell resided in North Carolina, but frequently returned to his native Pittsburgh for several days at a time. One of the reasons for many of Ewell’s return trips to Pittsburgh was to distribute heroin in Western Pennsylvania. Ewell acknowledged as part of his plea agreement that he was responsible for the distribution of between three and ten kilograms of heroin.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh, Charlotte (North Carolina), and New York City, the Internal Revenue Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Wilkins Township Police Department, the East Pittsburgh Police Department, the New York Police Department, the Blair County District Attorney's Office, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 2, 2016