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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Multiple Violations of Federal Narcotics Laws

PITTSBURGH, PA – One resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney ScottW. Brady announced today.

The six-count indictment, returned on June 5, named Stephen Barnes, age 49, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment and information provided to the court, on six separate occasions, between March 28, 2018 and May 11, 2018, Barnes distributed and/or possessed with the intent to distribute various quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. On May 11, 2018, he was arrested with over 100 grams of heroin. Barnes has been held without bond since the date of his arrest.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $5,000,000, 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 Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated June 7, 2018