Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficker Receives 10 Years Imprisonment

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Brooklyn, New York, has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years imprisonment on his conviction for violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence Thursday on Miguel Rodriguez, 53, formerly of Belmont Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, who previously pleaded guilty to a Superseding Indictment charging him with possessing 400 grams or more of fentanyl and heroin intending to redistribute it.

In connection with his prior guilty plea, the Court was advised that law enforcement agents encountered Rodriguez on July 27, 2019, departing a bus in downtown Pittsburgh that had recently arrived from New York City. During a subsequent search of Rodriguez’s bags, agents discovered a large bag of powder that was later determined to contain mixtures of both heroin and fentanyl, which are scheduled controlled substances under federal law. In connection with his plea, Rodriguez admitted to knowingly possessing a controlled substance intending to distribute it in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rodriguez.

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