Two Pittsburgh-area Men Charged in Fentanyl Distribution Scheme
PITTSBURGH – Two Allegheny County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh and charged with violations of federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The four-count indictment, returned on February 6 and unsealed today, named the defendants as:
• Edjuan Jackson, 28, of Duquesne, PA; and
• Anthony Ptomey, 26, of Pittsburgh, PA.
According to the indictment, from on or about March 1, 2017, to on or about March 30, 2017, the defendants are charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute a quantity of fentanyl. Individually, Edjuan Jackson is charged with possession with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl on March 30, 2017. On the same date, Jackson is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Anthony Ptomey is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin/fentanyl on April 17, 2017.
For Jackson, the law provides for a total maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both for the drug charges. For the firearms charge, Jackson faces a total maximum sentence of not less than five years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. For Ptomey, the law provides for a total maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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 Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Western District of Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This Task Force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and state and local Task Force Officers, including officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sherriff’s Department, Allegheny County Police, Port Authority Police, Munhall Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.