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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

North Versailles Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine

PITTSBURGH, PA.  - A resident of North Versailles, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 51 months’ imprisonment, followed by six years’ supervised release, on his conviction of conspiring to distribute narcotics, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Dawndre Bivins, age 30.

According to information presented to the court at the time he entered a guilty plea, Bivins, as frequently as twice per month, purchased four to five grams of fentanyl, commonly known as "bricks", and two ounces of cocaine from his codefendant, Skyler Carter, for further distribution in the Clairton, Pennsylvania, area. The court found Bivens to be responsible for the total distribution of 1.9 kilograms of cocaine and 40 grams of fentanyl. He is the third of 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced. Bivins had a previous conviction for a felony drug trafficking offense, and as such, was subject to enhanced penalties.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated June 26, 2018