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Pittsburgh Man Charged with Drug Offenses, Including Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl Resulting in an Overdose Death

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

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count Indictment, returned on July 23 and unsealed last week, named Davonte Dugger, age 20, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on August 7, 2018, Dugger distributed heroin and fentanyl that caused serious bodily injury and death of a person who used the heroin and fentanyl. The Indictment also charges Dugger with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and fentanyl on October 10, 2018, and possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of heroin, fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl on October 19, 2018.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 20 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of $7,000,000 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 Mark V. Gurzo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Moon Township Police Department 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 August 19, 2019

Drug Trafficking