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Philadelphia Resident Sentenced to 84 Months’ Imprisonment for Conviction of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute 500 Grams or More of Heroin

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by 4 years of supervised release on his conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of heroin, United States Attorney Eric O. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV imposed the sentence on Carlos Regalado, 41, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, in 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating a heroin trafficking organization, of which Regalado was a member, that operated throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Beginning in February of 2019 and continuing through September of 2019, the FBI received authorization to conduct a Title III wiretap investigation into the organization. Regalado supplied the organization with heroin that he personally transported from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for distribution by various members of the organization. In addition to the intercepted communications, agents seized heroin, firearms, and bulk United States Currency from members of the organization. Judge Stickman referenced the seriousness of the offense as well as Regalado’s criminal history.

Assistant United States Attorney Mark V. Gurzo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Stowe Township Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Office of the Attorney General, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the North Versailles Police Department, the Allegheny County Port Authority Police Department, the Munhall Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Regalado.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated August 15, 2023

Drug Trafficking