North Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Drug Paraphernalia
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to two years of incarceration and three years of supervised release on his convictions for criminal contempt and selling drug paraphernalia, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Mayank Mishra, 38. Judge Bissoon also ordered the sentence to be served consecutively to a 12-year sentence imposed previously on Mishra for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin.
According to information presented to the court, Mayank Mishra and other members of his family operated stores that sold drug paraphernalia, including diluents used to manufacture heroin and the glassine bags in which heroin is typically sold. In February 2013, federal agents executed search warrants at the business and home of Mishra, and those searches revealed that Mishra was selling drug paraphernalia. He was released on conditions of bond, which, among other things, precluded him from violating any federal or state law.
Subsequent to his release, law enforcement received information that Mayank Mishra was continuing to sell cutting agents and glassine bags. Based on that information, law enforcement used a confidential informant to purchase cutting agents and glassine bags from Mayank Mishra, and the confidential informant successfully recorded the transaction. The confidential informant explicitly asked for "cut" and "bags", and Mayank Mishra provided a material typically used to dilute heroin and the bags typically used to store and sell heroin. Based on that information, law enforcement obtained another set of search warrants for Mayank Mishra’s business and home, where law enforcement found more cutting agents, glassine bags, marijuana paraphernalia, and $86,000 in cash. Law enforcement arrested Mayank Mishra a second time, and this time the Court did not release him on bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises
United States Attorney Brady commended the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force consisting of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Police Dept., Oakdale Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mishra.