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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 20, 2016

Washington, Pa., Woman Charged with Trafficking Heroin Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury

PITTSBURGH – Quiote Guarino, of Washington, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of trafficking in heroin and fentanyl, which resulted in serious bodily injury, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on May 17 and unsealed today, charged Guarino, 24, with possession with intent to distribute and distributing heroin and fentanyl, which resulted in serious bodily injury to at least one person, in February 2016.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than twenty years, and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine A. King is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Special Agents and Task Force Officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Washington County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, and numerous local police departments including the Canonsburg Police Department, the Donora Police Department, the Monessen Police Department, and the Charleroi Police Department, as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Adult Probation Office, the Washington County Coroner’s Office, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, 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
Updated May 20, 2016