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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pittsburgh Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Fentanyl, a Shotgun and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The two-count Indictment, returned on May 19, named Dayon Chambers, age 40, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on February 5, 2020, Chambers possessed with the intent to distribute and did distribute 40 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. The Indictment further alleges that on February 19, 2020, Chambers owned a Smith & Wesson shotgun and ammunition, knowing that he had been previously convicted of a felony. Chambers was previously convicted of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine on April 15, 2013. Federal law prohibits those who have been convicted of a felony from owning firearms.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $8,250,000 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 Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Western Pennsylvania Opiate Overdose Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated May 21, 2020