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Pittsburgh Felon Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - 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 Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The two-count Indictment, returned yesterday, named Cecil Lee Pinnix, 53, formerly of the City’s Upper Hill District neighborhood, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Pinnix is alleged to have possessed with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and 28 grams or more of cocaine base on or about July 29, 2022. Pinnix is also alleged to have possessed a firearm as a convicted felon on or about July 29, 2022.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000 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, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Douglas C. Maloney is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 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.

Updated September 28, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses