Pittsburgh Man Pleads to Drug and Gun Charges, Awaits Sentencing in Federal Custody
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH, PA -- A resident of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm and narcotic laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Guy Wallar Jr., age 24, formerly of the Uptown neighborhood, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on June 28, 2021, officers with the Duquesne Police Department noticed a male seated in the driver seat of a parked vehicle who was slumped over the arm rest. The vehicle was in the Truman Towers parking lot, a known drug trafficking area that had a shooting earlier that day. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers detected the strong odor of burning marijuana and observed, in plain view, the driver sleeping, marijuana, and drug packaging material.
The officers woke the driver and asked him to exit the vehicle. The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified himself as Guy Wallar, Jr. Wallar then requested to show the officers something in the vehicle. As Mr. Wallar attempted to access the vehicle, officers told him to stop for fear of the destruction of evidence and officer safety. However, Wallar again tried to access the vehicle, and officers detained him. A search of Mr. Wallar incident to his arrest resulted in the seizure of marijuana, a cellular phone, and $8,517.00.
Officers requested consent to search the vehicle, which Wallar granted. The subsequent search resulted in the seizure of approximately 110 net grams of cocaine, an additional cellular phone, suspected narcotics, and a Polymer 80 pistol containing 16 rounds of ammunition.
On July 1, 2021, the same officers who arrested Wallar on June 28, 2021, observed Wallar walking out of Truman Towers. Based upon their recent interactions with Wallar and the Polymer 80, the officers asked for consent to search Wallar for weapons. Wallar consented, and an officer patted down Waller, feeling a baggie of suspected narcotics in his pocket. The officer pulled a baggie from the pocket, and it contained approximately 6 net grams of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as crack. The officers again arrested Mr. Wallar, and a search incident to arrest resulted in the seizure of two cellular phones and $882.00.
Following the return of the Superseding Indictment, law enforcement arrested Wallar near his vehicle on October 5, 2021. During the arrest, law enforcement observed a marijuana blunt in plain view within the vehicle. Subsequently, law enforcement applied for and obtained a federal search warrant for the vehicle. The search resulted in the seizure of small quantities of suspected marijuana and cocaine, in addition to $10,471.00.
Judge Ranjan scheduled sentencing for July 20, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.. The law provides for a total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court remanded the defendant into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the City of Duquesne Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Wallar.
Updated March 28, 2022