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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Dangerous Opioid

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute an analogue of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Calvin Armstrong, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Court Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from May 2017 to August 2017, Calvin Armstrong conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cyclopropyl fentanyl, an analogue of fentanyl. Armstrong’s co-conspirator, Lynell Guyton purchased large quantities of fentanyl analogues from overseas purveyors, which he distributed in Western Pennsylvania.

From late August 8, 2017 through the early morning of August 9, 2017, Armstrong packaged large amounts of cyclopropyl fentanyl with other individuals. On August 9, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant. Guyton was found on the first floor along with Armstrong and two other individuals. Large amounts of narcotics and packaging paraphernalia were present in the house. A table with powder narcotics was overturned during the initial SWAT entry into the home, causing large amounts of opioids to become airborne. SWAT officers exposed to the airborne narcotics were sent to the hospital for evaluation–everyone was medically cleared and no one was harmed. Law enforcement also executed another search warrant and found another individual and opioids at that residence. A total of 235 grams of cyclopropyl fentanyl was recovered from both residences. Armstrong admitted to packaging narcotics.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for December 7, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Pending sentencing, the court ordered Armstrong to remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorneys Rachael L. Dizard and Shanicka L. Kennedy are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), assisted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, including the Pittsburgh Police SWAT Team, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated July 19, 2018