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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3, 2018

North Side Woman Admits Participating in Painkiller Distribution Scheme

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiring to possess and distribute opiate painkillers, oxycodone and oxymorphone, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Nicole Miller, 31, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Miller participated in a criminal network of drug dealers who obtained opiate pain killers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area. Miller took orders for pills, recruited customers, delivered pills, and delivered payment to dealers.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for August 27, 2018 The law provides for a total sentence of not more than twenty years in prison, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000, 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 Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Miller.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
Updated May 4, 2018