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New Castle Resident Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Crack Cocaine Trafficking and Firearm Crimes

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Sahire Walker was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for committing crack cocaine trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Walker, age 45, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge David Stewart Cercone. Judge Cercone ordered Walker to serve six years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Walker previously pled guilty in this case 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. Prior to imposing the sentence, the Court was informed that Walker possessed crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and a loaded pistol, inside the rental vehicle he was operating on June 4, 2020, at 1:00 a.m., in New Castle, Pennsylvania. As of that date, he had five prior drug trafficking convictions over the preceding 15 years.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted 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 and sentence 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 March 26, 2024

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