North Side Felon Charged with Violating Federal Drug and Firearms Laws
PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of federal narcotics and firearms violations, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The two-count indictment, returned on May 1, named James Robert Czachowski, age 21, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, on or about April 11, 2018, Czachowski attempted to possess with intent to distribute quantities of alprazolam and a fentanyl analogue. The indictment further alleges that Czachowski, a convicted felon, was in possession of three firearms and ammunition. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.