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New Castle Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Law Violations

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

PITTSBURGH - Jgenus Steele was convicted of committing fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine base trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. 

Steele, age 23 of New Castle, Pennsylvania, pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute and/or distributing cocaine base, fentanyl, and heroin on Dec, 19, 2019, and Feb. 21, 2020, and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on Feb. 21, 2020. 

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville scheduled sentencing to occur on Jan. 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a sentence of at least five years to life in prison. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense(s) and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. 

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case.  This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated September 8, 2022

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