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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges following Seizures of Fentanyl, Cash and Assault Rifle

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned on June 7, named Robert Allen, age 38, as the sole defendant.

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Western Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force assisted by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police executed a series of search warrants in Allegheny County. Agents recovered over two kilograms of pure fentanyl, an AK-47 assault rifle, and more than $100,000 in cash.

As a result, according to the indictment, Allen is charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. As a convicted felon, Allen is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years nor more than life in prison, a fine of up to $20,000,000, or both. The United States is also seeking the forfeiture of $116,054 in United States Currency, a black Infinity QX56 SUV, a Romarm Assault Rifle, and numerous items consistent with drug packaging and distribution. 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 Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Port Authority Police Department, Munhall Township Police Department and West Mifflin 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated June 8, 2017