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

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

West Mifflin Man Admits Possessing and Distributing Fentanyl

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court on one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

James Kadish, age 27, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge David Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on December 3, 2018, James Kadish purchased a quantity of fentanyl from co-defendant Devon Robinson. On December 3, 2017 and December 4, 2017, Kadish then distributed the fentanyl to at least two other individuals. On December 4, 2017, FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers recovered the remaining fentanyl from Kadish’s home in West Mifflin.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for July 23, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 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 guilty plea 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 28, 2018