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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pitcairn Man Obtained Heroin and Fentanyl from Outside PA to Set Up Distribution Network in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa.-A former resident of Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

William Kelly Penn, 33, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Court Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on March 27, 2018, agents executed search warrants on Penn and his residence in Pitcairn, PA. From the residence, agents recovered unpackaged heroin/fentanyl, one brick of heroin/fentanyl, packaging materials including blank stamp bags, a stamper, $3,820 in U.S. currency, three cellphones, and a digital scale. Penn also had two bricks of heroin stamped "Hot Shots" on his person. Penn admitted to obtaining drugs from an out of state supplier in order to set up a heroin distribution network in Pittsburgh.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for August 14, 2019. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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 ordered that Penn remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Penn.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 7, 2019