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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Drug Law Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - Seth Lindsey was sentenced to a total of 39 months in prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl while on federal supervised release for a prior heroin trafficking conviction and also for conspiring to distribute Schedule I synthetic cannabinoid controlled substances, also known as “K2,” while serving a prior federal prison sentence, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Lindsey, age 27, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan. Judge Ranjan also directed that Lindsey serve six years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

In 2017, Lindsey was incarcerated at the federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, when he conspired to distribute K2 controlled substances (Schedule I synthetic cannabinoids). He was serving a prison sentence at that time for conspiring to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and using minors to commit that crime. In 2019, he was released from prison on federal supervised release as well as on bond. In 2020, he conspired to distribute fentanyl in violation of federal law, his supervised release conditions, and his bond conditions.

Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole A. Vasquez Schmitt and Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General led the multi-agency investigation that also included the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Munhall Police Department, the Robinson Township Police Department, the McKees Rocks Police Department, the Stowe Township Police Department, the Etna Police Department, and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated March 3, 2022

Drug Trafficking