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Washington, Pa., Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Prescription Drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Washington, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of Oxycodone, Opana and Morphine, all Schedule II controlled substances, and obtaining prescriptions by fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Dennis DeVenney, Sr. pleaded guilty to the two felony counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

According to information presented to the Court at the guilty plea, Devenney sold controlled substances, Oxycodone, Opana and Morphine, for cash.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for March 21, 2016. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 24 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000 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.

Pending sentence, the court released DeVenney, Sr. on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Adminstration conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case.

Updated November 23, 2015

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