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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Three Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl and Heroin

PITTSBURGH - Two residents of Allegheny County and a Somerset County man have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics and/or firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Harvey G. Hicks, 49, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Breanna M. Bane, 27, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania; and Matthew L. Pearson, 44, of Somerset, Pennsylvania; as the defendants.

According to the Indictment, in and around March 2019, and continuing to on or about May 1, 2019, the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, the Indictment charges Hicks, a felon, with unlawfully possessing four firearms and ammunition on or about May 1, 2019. Federal law prohibits felons from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

As to Hicks, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years up to life in prison, a fine of up to $20,250,000, or both. As to Bane and Pearson, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years up to life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated June 12, 2019