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McKeesport Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Multiple Drugs and a Gun

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

\PITTSBURGH -A former resident of McKeesport, PA, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Deondre Lee Purter, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Purter possessed with intent to distribute quantities of fentanyl, carfentanil, and cocaine base. In addition, Purter, a convicted felon, was in possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. As a convicted felon, Purter is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for July 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than five years in prison to a maximum of life, and a fine of up to $1,500,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses, and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Chad R. Parks is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Updated March 18, 2019

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