PA Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Possession Charges

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PITTSBURGH, PA — On September 28, 2022, a resident of North Versailles, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearm laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced.

Evan Smith, age 22, pled guilty on September 29, 2022, to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about April 8, 2021, Smith possessed with intent to distribute quantities of cocaine, MDA, and MDMA, and possessed a short-barreled shotgun that he failed to register with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Senior United States District Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for January 5, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $1,000,000, a term of supervised release of at least 3 years, or a combination thereof. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed was based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Smith.

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