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Wilmerding Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Revolver and Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - One Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating the federal firearms and narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The two-count superseding indictment, returned yesterday, named Michael Dillon Burrows, age 31, as the sole defendant.

According to superseding indictment presented to the court, on September 8, 2016, Burrows possessed a Smith & Wesson 38 special, .38 caliber revolver. Burrows has previously been convicted of a felony and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The superseding indictment further charges that on September 8, 2016, Burrows possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen S. Gilson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Adams Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the superseding indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 4, 2017

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