Felon Charged with Possessing Drugs, Guns and Ammunition

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Plum Borough, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearm laws, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

The two-count Indictment named Taiwan Donje Rodgers, 25, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about May 18, 2020, Rodgers unlawfully possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Additionally, Rodgers possessed firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Under federal law, a convicted felon is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a term of imprisonment of not more than 20 years, 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, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carl J. Spindler is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Duquesne Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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