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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 20 Months’ Incarceration for Cocaine Conspiracy

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court for violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David Stewart Cercone sentenced Michael King, 37, to serve 20 months in prison following his guilty plea on March 23, 2018, to one count of conspiracy.

In connection with his earlier guilty plea, King admitted that from in and around April 2016, and continuing thereafter to in and around October 2016, he conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. During his plea colloquy, the defendant admitted that on or about September 30, 2016, he possessed approximately four ounces of cocaine and that he sold cocaine for $1,200 per ounce.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. The task force is headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and comprises members drawn from the Borough of Baldwin Police Department, McKees Rocks Police Department, Munhall Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The Stowe Township Police Department also provided assistance in this investigation. 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 31, 2018