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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Heroin and Fentanyl

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Troy Cole, Jr., age 27, pleaded guilty to two counts before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about January 6, 2017,Cole, Jr. possessed with the intent to distribute and distributed a quantity of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and on or about August 23, 2017, Cole possessed with the intent to distribute fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for February 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Monroeville Police Department, and Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cole, Jr.

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 17, 2018