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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Latrobe Man Sentenced for Supplying Meth to Pagans-Affiliated Drug Organization

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on charges of violating federal narcotics trafficking laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Alan Masecar, 35, of Latrobe, and currently incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail, was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment, followed by three years supervised release by District Judge Robert J. Colville.

In conjunction with the sentencing hearing, the Court was informed that The Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted a long-term investigation into drug-trafficking activity occurring in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Law enforcement identified several individuals, suspected at the time, of illegally distributing controlled substances, including methamphetamine in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Erie, Fayette, and Washington Counties.

Investigators identified Masecar, aka Max, as a methamphetamine source of supply for among others, co-defendant Zachary Miller, who is a former member of the Jeannette Chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Miller was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years’ imprisonment.

In December of 2019, Postal Inspectors with United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) seized a package addressed to Masecar, containing methamphetamine. USPIS conducted a search of Masecar’s residence and located numerous items indicative of drug trafficking. Notwithstanding this encounter, Masecar continued to engage in illegal drug trafficking, coordinating additional methamphetamine transactions with Miller and continuing to obtain packages in the mail that contained methamphetamine. Investigators also identified communications between Miller and Masecar via Facebook messenger, wherein they discussed their continued efforts to obtain large quantities of methamphetamine.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, and Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Masecar.

This sentencing was the 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
Updated February 24, 2022