Recidivist Offender Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Machinegun While on Supervised Release
PITTSBURGH – Raymont Harris was sentenced to 68 months in prison for committing fentanyl and heroin trafficking and gun crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Harris, age 25, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV. Judge Stickman also sentenced Harris to serve three years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison sentence.
In September 2018, while on bond in a state heroin-trafficking case, Harris distributed fentanyl and heroin and possessed a 9mm Ruger pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes. He was subsequently indicted and convicted in federal court via guilty pleas.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the North Fayette Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the fBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the convictions and sentence in this case.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.