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Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to 63 Months for Attempting to Provide a Prohibited Object to a Federal Inmate and Attempting to Obtain a Prohibited Object by a Federal Inmate

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – Omari Patton was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for attempting to provide a prohibited object to a federal inmate and attempting to obtain a prohibited object by a federal inmate, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Patton, age 44 of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge William S. Stickman. Patton was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Patton was convicted at the conclusion of a jury trial in February 2023. As established at trial, Patton operated a scheme to distribute K2 paper into and inside federal prisons. The K2 paper was saturated with powerful Schedule I synthetic cannabinoid controlled substances. He was serving a federal prison sentence at the time for prior large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking convictions. He recruited his son into the scheme, resulting in his son’s conviction as well.

Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca L. Silinski and Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, 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 June 15, 2023

Drug Trafficking