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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pittsburgh Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Multiple Drugs and Four Firearms, Including One Concealed in a Child’s Toy Box

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of federal drug and firearms violations, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The four-count Indictment names Edward Johnson, 32, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on September 20, 2018 Johnson possessed with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly referred to as crack, as well as quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and ketamine. In addition to the narcotics violations, the Indictment alleges that Johnson unlawfully possessed two pistols in furtherance of the drug offense, after having sustained a prior felony conviction. The Indictment further alleges that, on July 25, 2019, Johnson unlawfully possessed two additional firearms, including an AR-pistol, which according to a Criminal Complaint that was filed on July 25, 2019, was concealed in a child’s toy box. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a maximum total fine of $6,750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The defendant remains in custody, pending the resolution of this case.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. This case was brought under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 21, 2019