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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

PITTSBURGH –A Pittsburgh resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Carlos M. White, Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and around December 2013, and continuing to in and around March 2014, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, White conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Also, on May 22, 2014, White possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for January 11, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorneys Troy Rivetti and Tonya Sulia Goodman are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Munhall Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of White.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 14, 2017