Munhall Drug Dealer Guilty of Trafficking Deadly Fentanyl
PITTSBURGH – William Harvey Scott, Jr., aka "PacMan", pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Scott, age 27, formerly of Munhall, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to three felony counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
The court was advised that Scott sold the manmade opiate fentanyl, in stamp bags marked "LIZZ" to a female on July 13, 2016 and that this woman died as a result. Law enforcement located the victim’s cellphone and determined that she had been purchasing drugs from a person she labelled as "Chris Man." Law enforcement used the victim’s phone to text "Chris Man" and asked him to meet and sell more of the drugs. When Scott appeared at the prearranged location, he was found to possess more stamp bags of fentanyl marked "LIZZ".
During his guilty plea, the defendant specifically admitted to selling the fentanyl and to causing the July 2016 death of the young woman. During the guilty plea hearing, the defendant specifically agreed to pay restitution to the victim’s family.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for October 22, 2018, at 10 a.m. The defendant was remanded to jail, pending his sentencing hearing.
Defendants charged with these types of felony drug offenses face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and at least six years of supervision by the United States Probation Office. The actual sentence imposed will be based upon information that includes the defendant’s criminal, family, educational and work histories.
Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, a federal prosecutor with the Violent Crime and Major Crime Sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Special Agents and Task Force Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and law enforcement officers from the Duquesne Police Department, Homestead Police Department, and Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of the defendant.
United States Attorney Brady noted that the investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal, state, and local agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.