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PITTSBURGH, PA – Zachariah Owens was convicted of cocaine and crack trafficking crimes, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Owens, age 37, of Sharon, Pennsylvania, pled guilty before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. Owens pled guilty to (1) conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack in October 2021, and (2) possessing cocaine and crack with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and a playground. Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing to occur on March 19, 2024, at 2:30 p.m.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least one year and up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000,000. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
The Mercer County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the convictions in this case.