PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months’ imprisonment on her conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Auriana Torrez, age 25, of Pittsburgh, PA.
According to information presented to the court, from April through August 2016, Torrez was intercepted over a DEA wiretap conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and was found in possession of 200 stamp bags of heroin.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Fischer stated that the sentence was sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the goals of sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Brady commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Torrez. 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.