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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 8, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty In Multi-Agency Investigation Into Heroin Trafficking

PITTSBURGH – Donnell Morris, of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, was convicted of conspiring to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Morris, age 30, pled guilty before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing to occur on April 10, 2015, at 9 a.m.

In support of the guilty plea, the Court was informed that, between 2011 and 2013, Morris invested thousands of dollars into the interstate heroin re-supply ventures of a large-scale heroin trafficking organization with several members from or associated with Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood. In doing so, Morris obtained hundreds of bricks of heroin at a time. He then repeatedly supplied other dealers in Western Pennsylvania with heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 10 and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh and New York, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the United States Marshals Service, 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 in this case.

Updated July 14, 2015