Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Heroin and Fentanyl While on Probation

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PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today following his guilty plea to a charge of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Quenton McCoy, age 35, pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced before United States District Judge Marilyn Horan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that McCoy had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl in federal court in 2020. In August 2020, McCoy was sentenced to four years’ probation, including 10 months of home detention. In February 2021, while McCoy was still on home detention, a Penn Hills police officer stopped McCoy for a traffic violation. Over the course of the stop, the officer believed that McCoy was involved in criminal activity, and the officer obtained a search warrant for the car. During a search of the car, Penn Hills police officers found distribution quantities of heroin and fentanyl. By possessing heroin and fentanyl, McCoy violated the terms of his probation.

Judge Horan sentenced McCoy for the charge in the Indictment and the probation violation. In total, McCoy was sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Assistant United States Attorney Brian M. Czarnecki is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Penn Hills Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McCoy.


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