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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 21, 2021

West Virginia Man Admits Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Scheme

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Wheeling, West Virginia, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Kadijah Rashaye Irvin, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully possessing with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Irvin conspired with co-defendants to transport for the purpose of distribution a large quantity of fentanyl on or about May 3, 2018.

Judge Baxter scheduled sentencing for October 7, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Irvin on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The EAGLE task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Erie Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Irvin.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 21, 2021