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New York Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Fentanyl

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of New York, NY, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Francis Yamel Garcia, age 39, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on June 26, 2020, Garcia was found to be in possession of approximately 885 grams of fentanyl during a traffic stop conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for June 2, 2022. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Schupansky is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Garcia.

Updated February 11, 2022

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