PITTSBURGH, PA- A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to violating federal narcotics and firearms laws Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
Che Williams, age 34, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Marilyn Horan.
According to information provided to the court, on November 19, 2019, Williams conspired to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl and valeyrl fentanyl, and 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and possessed with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possessed firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. As a conviction felon, it is in violation of federal law to possess any firearms and/or ammunition. Williams also pleaded guilty to knowingly participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl from September 2017 to November 2019.
Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for Nov. 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. As to Count One of the Information, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine or both. As to Count Two of the Information, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than ten years, a $250,000 fine or both. Under the law, Count One of the Indictment provides for a total term of imprisonment of not less than ten years with a fine not to exceed $10,000,000. 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 Williams to remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Che Williams.