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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Two Deaths, Three Non-Fatal Overdoses

PITTSBURGH - A former Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, resulting in serious bodily injury and/or death; and distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The seven-count Superseding Indictment, which was returned yesterday, named Jocquinn Lamont Harris, 29, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA as the sole defendant.

According to the Superseding Indictment, on or about Nov. 29, 2015; Dec. 3, 2015; Dec. 4, 2015; and Dec. 5, 2015, Harris distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute fentanyl, resulting in serious bodily injury and/or the deaths of persons known to the grand jury. The Superseding Indictment further alleges that on or about Dec. 15, 2015, and Dec. 16, 2015, Harris distributed and possessed with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 20 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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 Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

A Superseding Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 4, 2016