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Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wilkinsburg Felon Admits Illegally Possessing Fentanyl, Heroin and a Gun

PITTSBURGH -A former resident of Wilkinsburg, PA pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges of violating federal drug and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jordan Thompson, 23, pleaded guilty to three counts before Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on February 7, 2019, Thompson possessed with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin. The court was further informed that Thompson unlawfully possessed a Glock .40 caliber firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense, after having been convicted of multiple crimes punishable by more than one year in prison. Those convictions include one conviction for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two convictions for receiving stolen property, and convictions for carrying a firearm without a license and being a person not to possess a firearm. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Chief Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for June 16, 2020, at 11:00 am. The law provides for a total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine of $2,500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Thompson remains detained pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Christy Criswell Wiegand is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Monroeville Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of the defendant. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated February 20, 2020