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Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine that Resulted in an Overdose Death

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 90 months’ imprisonment, followed by six years’ supervised release on her conviction of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Katie Spratt, 32. According to information presented to the court at the time Spratt entered a guilty plea, she regularly purchased fentanyl and cocaine from her co-defendant, Skyler Carter, for both personal use and further distribution, and was responsible for distributing quantities of fentanyl and cocaine resulting in the June 5, 2017, overdose death of a victim, identified as "A.B." Spratt further acknowledged her responsibility for participating with other members of the conspiracy in the distribution of more than 160 grams of fentanyl, 280 grams of cocaine base, and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine. Spratt is the sixth of the 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced.

In imposing sentence, Judge Schwab noted the tragic consequences of Spratt’s drug trafficking activity and the fentanyl epidemic gripping western Pennsylvania. He added that calling drug trafficking a "nonviolent [offense] is misguided."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises. Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Updated August 29, 2018

Drug Trafficking