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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Two Pittsburgh Men Charged in Fentanyl Trafficking Scheme, One Also Facing Gun Charges

PITTSBURGH – Two residents of Pittsburgh’s North Side 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 five-count indictment, returned on February 6 and unsealed today, named the defendants as Davon Stevens, age 24, and Demetrius Mitchell-Yarbrough, age 24, both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to the indictment, on or about July 28, 2017, Stevens and Mitchell-Yarbrough conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute quantities of cyclopropyl fentanyl, acetyfentanyl and fentanyl. On that same day, both defendants are also charged with possession with intent to distribute those same drugs. Individually, Mitchell-Yarbrough is charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and possession of that firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Federal law prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm.

For the drug charges, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000. Mitchell-Yarbrough faces a maximum total sentence on the firearms charges of not less than five years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Updated February 7, 2018