Ohio Felon Faces Federal Narcotics and Firearms Charges

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Columbus, Ohio, has been indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on charges of violating federal narcotics trafficking and firearms laws, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

The two-count Indictment named Lester Rondale Moore as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about Oct. 10, 2022, Moore traveled from his primary residence in Columbus, Ohio, to an apartment complex in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, where he was found in possession of, and with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and a quantity of cocaine base (in the form commonly known as crack) and cocaine. Moore was further charged with possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol. As a convicted felon, Moore is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

As to the drug charge, the law provides for a total sentence of not less than ten years to a maximum of life in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000,000, or both. As to the firearms charge, the law provides for a total sentence of not more than 15 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, 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. Moore is currently being held at Allegheny County Jail on an Ohio state parole violation detainer, pending his arraignment on the federal charges.

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

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The Drug Enforcement Agency and Monroeville Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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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