Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Running a Methamphetamine Pill Pressing Operation
PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has pleaded guilty to federal narcotics charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Zachery Hyde, age 27, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug involved premises before United States District Court Judge Nicholas Ranjan. Judge Ranjan scheduled his sentencing for June 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
According to information presented to the court, Hyde conspired with other individuals to acquire large quantities of methamphetamine. Hyde sourced the methamphetamine in a variety of ways, including ordering quantities of methamphetamine over the internet and having it shipped to the Pittsburgh area from out of the country. Hyde then used a location in McKees Rocks to press the methamphetamine into pill form for distribution. On December 7, 2017, the Western District of Pennsylvania FBI Opioid Task Force executed a search warrant at a location in McKees Rocks when Hyde and others were present. FBI recovered approximately 447 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine, pill pressing material, drug paraphernalia, and shipping boxes. At a later date, FBI seized a large hydraulic pill press used in connection with the operation. As part of his guilty plea, Hyde agreed to forfeit the pill press.
The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of not more than 40 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $5,000,000. 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.
Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Western District of Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the conviction in this case. This Task Force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and state and local Task Force Officers, including officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sherriff’s Department, Allegheny County Police, Port Authority Police, Munhall Police Department, Stowe-Rox Police Department, and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. The Allegheny Office of the Medical Examiner and Stowe-Rox Police Department also assisted in the prosecution of this case.