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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Murrysville Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Fentanyl, a Firearm and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Murrysville, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating federal firearms and narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Rory Elliot Ashby, age 45, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on June 3, 2021, Ashby was found to be in possession with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. The Indictment further alleges that Ashby possessed a firearm and ammunition after having been convicted of a felony. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years in prison, a fine of not more than $5,000,000.00, a term of supervised release of at least four years, or a combination thereof. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. Schupansky is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 30, 2021