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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 9, 2019

McKees Rocks Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Heroin and Fentanyl

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jamorr Mathis, age 40, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on November 16, 2017, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Mathis’ residence in McKees Rocks. Agents recovered several bricks and bundles of heroin and fentanyl from a candle jar and a purse located inside of the residence. Mathis admitted that he sold about a brick or two a day and, he also admitted to buying about seven bricks every couple of days for $150 per brick.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for December 4, 2019. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that Mathis remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Stowe Township Police, McKees Rocks Police and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Mathis.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 9, 2019