Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Heroin to Greater Pittsburgh Area

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. resident pleaded guilty in federal court to violating federal narcotics laws, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Carlos Regalado, 40, pleaded guilty on Monday, January 23, 2023m to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin from September 2018 through October 2019, before United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV. Regalado is one of 19 defendants charged in the Indictment returned in this case.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating a heroin trafficking organization, of which Regalado was a member, that operated throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Beginning in February 2019 and continuing through September 2019, the FBI received authorization to conduct a Title III wiretap investigation into the organization. Regalado transported distribution-size quantities of heroin from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for distribution. In addition to the intercepted communications, agents seized heroin, firearms, and bulk United States Currency from members of the organization.

Judge Stickman scheduled sentencing for May 22, 2023. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years to a maximum of 40 years of imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $5,000,000, 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. Regalado remains in custody pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Mark V. Gurzo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Stowe Township Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Office of the Attorney General, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the North Versailles Police Department, the Allegheny County Port Authority Police Department, the Munhall Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Regalado.

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