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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monroeville Drug Dealer Admits Selling Heroin that Caused a Woman’s Overdose Death

PITTSBURGH, PA - On June 11, 2018, a resident of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to a charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Warren Worthy, 21, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on March 3, 2016, Worthy sold a bundle of heroin (10 stamp bags) to a female who used the heroin that day and overdosed. The female was taken to the hospital, where she died a few days later. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was heroin toxicity. The Allegheny County Police Department thereafter conducted a lengthy investigation, which confirmed that Worthy had distributed the lethal heroin to the female victim. Worthy acknowledged responsibility for selling the heroin that resulted in the woman’s death.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 9 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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 Worthy remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorneys Troy Rivetti and Caitlin Loughran are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Warren Worthy.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 12, 2018