Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine
PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation, with the first eight months to be served on home detention with electronic monitoring, on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Sharima Zyhier, 41, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
According to information presentenced to the court, from in and around January 2016, and continuing thereafter to in and around May 2016, Zyhier conspired with others to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
Assistant United States Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Katherine A. King prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady commended the federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Sharima Zyhier. The task force is headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is comprised of members drawn from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Ambridge Police Department, New Brighton Police Department, Beaver Police Department, Aliquippa Police Department, Moon Township Police Department, Wilkinsburg Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Munhall Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police. 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.