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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 5, 2021

Pittsburgh Man Allowed His House to be Used as a Drug Premises

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of managing and controlling a drug-involved premises, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Charles Curry, age 31, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in November 2019, Curry managed and controlled a premises as an occupant, which he made available for the use of manufacturing, storing and disturbing controlled substances, namely, acetyl fentanyl and heroin, both Schedule I controlled substances, and cocaine, cocaine base and fentanyl, all Schedule II controlled substances.

Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for July 27, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Brendan T. Conway and Brian M. Czarnecki are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Monroeville Police Department, the Attorney General’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Maryland Office, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Curry.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated April 5, 2021