Dominican Republic Native Pleads Guilty to Smuggling $2 Million in Heroin Nearly 6 Years After His Flight from Justice
PITTSBURGH, PA – Ricardo Reeves was sentenced to 120 months in prison for fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine trafficking, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Reeves, age 45 of New Castle, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab. Judge Schwab ordered Reeves to serve four years of supervised release following his prison sentence.
Reeves pled guilty earlier this year to (1) possessing with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture containing fentanyl and heroin, as well as quantities of cocaine and cocaine base, and (2) possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, all on December 14, 2020. Reeves was initially released on bond following his indictment for these crimes. His bond was thereafter revoked after he got caught trafficking more fentanyl and cocaine while on bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.
The Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, 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.