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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 14, 2017

Seattle Woman Indicted for Distributing Controlled Substances

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Seattle, Washington, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of distribution of quantities of 4-ANPP and furanyl fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The five-count indictment, returned on August 1 and unsealed today, named Christina M. Arias, aka Wasabisauced, 33, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about April 5, 2017, Arias distributed a quantity of 4-ANPP. The indictment also states that, on or about April 24, 2017, on or about May 15, 2017, on or about June 7, 2017, and on or about June 15, 2017, she distributed quantities of furanyl fentanyl.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 100 years in prison, a fine up to $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. Substantial assistance was provided by the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Western District of Washington.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, Bellevue Police Department in Washington State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations 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.

Updated August 15, 2017