Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 31 Years for Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

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PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 31 years and eight months in prison on his conviction for federal drug and firearms laws, specifically conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on James Perrin, age 44.

According to information presented during the jury trial of Perrin and co-defendant Price Montgomery in 2018, Perrin and Montgomery operated a heroin distribution network out of Montgomery’s residence in the Mt. Washington section of Pittsburgh during 2013 and 2014. In June of 2014, investigators seized approximately three kilos of heroin and 16 firearms from Perrin and Montgomery during searches of a vehicle occupied by Perrin and Montgomery and Montgomery’s residence.

Assistant United States Attorneys Heidi M. Grogan and Shaun E. Sweeney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Western Pennsylvania Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the IRS – Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Perrin.