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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Distribute Heroin in Western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – An Ohio resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Christopher Smith, 21, of East Liverpool, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Smith conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute kilogram quantities of heroin, which was supplied from Mexico to Ohio and then later to Aliquippa in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2018. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the defendant’s bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Hopewell Township Police Department, Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, Aliquippa Police Department, and the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Christopher Smith.


Drug Trafficking
Updated February 16, 2018