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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pittsburgh-area Men Indicted On Drug, Firearms And Money Laundering Charges

Defendants with prior felony convictions face potential life sentences if convicted

PITTSBURGH - Four Pittsburgh-area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics, firearms and money laundering laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The six-count superseding indictment, returned on April 14, named Price Montgomery, 34, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., (currently incarcerated); James Perrin, 36, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., (currently incarcerated); Charles Cook, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Andre Avent, 37, of Homestead, Pa., as the defendants.

According to the superseding indictment, from April 2013 and continuing to June 2014, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Montgomery and Perrin conspired to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, and possessed with intent to distribute that heroin. The indictment also charges that on June 8, 2014, Montgomery and Perrin, who both have prior felony convictions, possessed 16 firearms in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing firearms. Montgomery, Cook and Avent are charged with conspiring to commit money laundering.

Based upon their prior convictions, the law provides for mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years (Montgomery) or life (Perrin), and a maximum sentence of life. Cook and Avent face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory J. Nescott is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the superseding indictment in this case.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015