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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Westmoreland County Man Sentenced for Selling Deadly Heroin and Fentanyl

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Monessen, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence yesterday on Jalen Cameron Madison, age 24.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from 2013 until October 26, 2016, Madison knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully conspired with persons, both known and unknown to the United States Attorney, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl and heroin. In addition, Madison admitted that the drugs he sold caused the August 22, 2015 death of victim John Brooks Watkins.

Judge Conti called the defendant’s actions in selling heroin and fentanyl "playing with death" and ordered that Madison be supervised by federal Probation Officers for four years after his release from the 96-month period of imprisonment.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, a federal prosecutor in the Violent Crime section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 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 Coroner’s Office, and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Madison.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 22, 2018