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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Felon Facing Federal Drug and Gun Charges

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned on June 7, named Richard Ruby, age 29, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on April 25, 2017, Ruby possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. Ruby, a convicted felon, was also in possession of two firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. As a convicted felon, Ruby is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years nor more than life in prison, a fine of up to $2,000,000, 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 of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

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Updated June 8, 2017