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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Jacob Palaski, 27, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July 9, 2016, Palaski distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for March 23, 2018. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine A. King is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Peters Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jacob Palaski.

Updated December 4, 2017

Drug Trafficking