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Ohio Felon Charged with Violating Federal Drug and Firearms Laws

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Columbus, Ohio, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on charges of violating federal narcotics trafficking and firearms laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Lester Rondale Moore as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about Oct. 10, 2022, Moore traveled from his primary residence in Columbus, Ohio, to an apartment complex in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, where he was found in possession of, and with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and a quantity of cocaine base (in the form commonly known as crack) and cocaine. Moore was further charged with possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol. As a convicted felon, Moore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

As to the drug charge, the law provides for a total sentence of not less than ten years to a maximum of life in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000,000, or both. As to the firearms charge, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than 15 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, 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, if any, of the defendant. Moore is currently being held at Allegheny County Jail on an Ohio state parole violation detainer, pending his arraignment on the federal charges.

Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and Monroeville Police Department 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.

Updated December 21, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses