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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 3½ Years for Possessing Drugs and a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 42 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Don Eric Copeland, age 20.

According to the information presented to the court, Copeland possessed with intent to distribute crack cocaine and a mixture containing cocaine and fentanyl, which was seized when Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers executed a search warrant on his residence on August 16, 2019. Another search warrant was executed on the same residence on November 21, 2019, and Copeland possessed intent to distribute crack cocaine and a mixture containing heroin and fentanyl. On January 1, 2020, Copeland possessed a firearm which had an obliterated serial number.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Copeland.

Updated February 23, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses