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McKees Rocks Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison Term

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months plus one day of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge William S. Stickman imposed the sentence on Eric Howard, 36.

According to information presented to the Court, between February and June 2023, Howard conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Stickman stated that the defendant had a significant record of drug trafficking and that a sentence of incarceration should serve as a deterrent from further drug trafficking activity.

Assistant United States Attorneys Katherine C. Jordan and Douglas C. Maloney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Howard.

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

Updated March 12, 2024

Drug Trafficking