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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Man Indicted for Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

PITTSBURGH - One resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 two-count indictment, returned on August 8, named Laquan Sims, age 38, of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to the indictment, on May 1, 2017, Sims possessed with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possessed a firearm as a convicted felon. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a total combined sentence of not less than 10 years in prison up to a maximum of life in prison and a fine of not more than $8,500,000. 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 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.

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Updated August 10, 2017