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Pittsburgh Man with Multiple Felony Convictions Indicted on Serious Drug and Firearms Crime

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Superseding Indictment was returned against Deon Blair by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh charging the distribution of heroin, butyryl fentanyl, and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and death, and the commission of related firearms crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. A federal jury trial has been scheduled to start on October 28, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

The Superseding Indictment charges Blair, age 27, who formerly resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with committing the following crimes in February 2017: (1) distributing a mixture containing butyryl fentanyl and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and death; (2) conspiring to distribute and distributing heroin, butyryl fentanyl, and fentanyl; (3) possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and (4) possessing a firearm after 11 prior felony convictions for heroin and cocaine trafficking and firearms crimes in four prior prosecutions.

The law provides for a minimum sentence of 25 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $4,500,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Christy C. Wiegand and Craig W. Haller are prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office 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.

Updated September 26, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses