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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2018

North Versailles Man Sentenced to Prison for Violating Drug and Firearms Laws

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of North Versailles, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 13 months incarceration and three years supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to possess and distribute oxycodone, an opiate, and violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence yesterday on John Zurick, 41, of 506 Porter Street.

According to information presented to the court, Zurick participated in a criminal network of drug dealers that obtained opiate pain killers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area. Zurick helped transport Antoinette Adair, one of the key dealers in the criminal network, to buy and sell opiate pills. While transporting Adair, Zurick was armed with a firearm, in violation of federal law.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended 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 for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Zurick.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 28, 2018