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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 20, 2018

Wilkinsburg Felon, 22, Sentenced to Federal Prison for Heroin/Fentanyl Dealing, Gun Charges

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania was sentenced on April 19, 2018 to 33½ months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervision by the United States Probation Office, for drug dealing and illegal gun possession charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy M. Bissoon imposed the sentence on Nigel Macaya Broadus, aka Little Nige, 22, of Wilkinsburg, PA.

According to information presented to the court, Broadus sold heroin on April 30, 2015, May 4, 2015, and June 3, 2015. Broadus was in custody on other charges from September of 2015 through February of 2017. But then, starting in February of 2017, the defendant was involved in a drug conspiracy where others aided him in his drug activity, including running drugs for him, renting him vehicles, and obtaining guns for him. On April 25, 2017, Broadus was caught by law enforcement in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol purchased by his girlfriend, as well as heroin and fentanyl that he intended to sell. Federal law prohibited Broadus from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to his two separate August 30, 2016 Allegheny County convictions for Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Bissoon noted that Broadus had spent the majority of his juvenile and adult life in the criminal justice system and stated that Broadus had to make "serious and significant changes" in his life.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, a prosecutor in the Major Crimes section, prosecuted this case.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Wilkinsburg Police Department for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Broadus.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 20, 2018