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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Pittsburgh Woman Charged with Drugs and Firearms Offenses

PITTSBURGH, PA. - One resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Monique Matthews, 25, of Pittsburgh, PA 15208, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about February 25, 2021, Matthews was found to be in possession of cocaine and a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The defendant is currently being detained at Allegheny County Jail.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Ball is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 24, 2021