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New Castle Resident Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Firearm Crimes

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sahire Walker was convicted of committing crack cocaine trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Walker, age 45, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, pled guilty before United States District Judge David Stewart Cercone. Walker pled guilty to committing the following crimes on June 4, 2020: (1) possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, and (2) possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing to occur on March 26, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 5 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $2,250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is to be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

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

The New Castle Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the convictions in this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated November 9, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses