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Penn Hills Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Veryl Long, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between October 2016 and March 2017, Long participated in a conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for July 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life, a fine of $10,000,000, 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Long.

Updated March 5, 2019

Drug Trafficking