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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violation federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Paris Wilson, 24, pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and around October, 2013, and continuing thereafter to in and around May, 2014, Wilson conspired with others known to the grand jury to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; Wilson also pleaded guilty to one count of employing or using a person under 18 years of age in drug operations and one count of conspiracy to carry and possess a firearm in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Aug. 19, 2016 at 3 p.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, 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 Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Paris Wilson. The task force is headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is comprised of members drawn from the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Street Task Force including 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, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Second Superseding Indictment and Superseding Indictments in this case.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 4, 2016