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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Repeat Firearm and Drug Trafficking Convictions

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Pittsburgh, PA has been sentenced in federal court to 90 months in jail, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his convictions on federal firearms and narcotics charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark Hornak imposed the sentence on Eric Clancy, age 30. Clancy was detained after his initial appearance and will remain detained as he begins to serve his sentence.

According to information presented to the court, on May 13, 2015, Mount Oliver Police stopped Eric Clancy in a Gold Chevy Impala for traffic violations. A search of the car revealed approximately 21 bricks of heroin and one bundle with different stampings. The Allegheny County Forensic Lab confirmed that the bricks were composed of heroin. The Forensic Lab confirmed that the bundle was a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. Clancy was also in possession of a large amount of United States currency.

On August 25, 2016, Allegheny County Probation Officers went to Clancy’s registered address, in Pittsburgh, to arrest Clancy on an outstanding warrant for violating conditions of his home detention. When officers arrived they encountered Clancy outside of the house and took him into custody. Officers then went inside the house to retrieve the monitoring software for Clancy’s electronic monitoring while on pretrial release. Officers then observed and recovered a handgun near the couch and a Crown Royal bag full of bricks of heroin. The Forensic Lab confirmed that the substances seized were heroin.

Clancy has a prior federal firearms conviction and is prohibited from possessing a weapon. He also has prior state convictions for possessing a weapon and crack cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Mount Oliver Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Updated October 2, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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