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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wilkinsburg Man Plead Guilty In Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

PITTSBURGH - Brandon Thompson, aka “Mouser”, of Wilkinsburg, Pa., was convicted of conspiring to distribute in excess of 100 grams of heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Thompson, 32, pled guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing to occur on Feb. 25, 2015, at 9:30 a.m.

In support of the guilty plea, the Court was informed that, between 2011 and 2013, Thompson was supplied with hundreds of bricks of heroin on credit by members of a drug trafficking organization based out of Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood. Thompson’s suppliers obtained the heroin from out-of-state sources of supply. After Thompson received the heroin, he r-distributed it and paid those who supplied him back.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least five and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh and New York, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the United States Marshals Service, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Wilkins Township Police Department, the East Pittsburgh Police Department, the New York Police Department, the Blair County District Attorney's Office, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.

Updated July 14, 2015