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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 19, 2019

New Castle Defendant Now Facing Additional Drug Charge

PITTSBURGH, PA - A federal grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment today against a resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, on charges of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count Superseding Indictment, returned on Dec. 17, named Zaamar Stevenson, aka Scrap, age 43, as the sole defendant.

According to the Superseding Indictment, on or about November 9, 2015, the defendant conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. In addition, the Superseding Indictment charges the defendant with possessing with intent to distribute both of those drugs on that date.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. 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 Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Butler County District Attorney's Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 19, 2019