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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pittsburgh Heroin Dealer Indicted for Trafficking Fentanyl Variant and Heroin

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for heroin and para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl trafficking while on federal supervised release for a prior heroin trafficking conviction, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The indictment, returned on September 26 and unsealed today following his arrest, charges Shawn Atkins, age 24, of Pittsburgh, with possessing a quantity of a mixture and substance containing heroin and para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl with an intent to distribute on June 9, 2017.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Munhall Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 27, 2017