U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
March 13, 2015

Armstrong County Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Gun, Drug Law Violations

PITTSBURGH—A resident of Ford City, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months’ imprisonment, followed by five years’ supervised release on his conviction of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on William Smith, 32.

According to information presented to the court, from in and around October 2013, and continuing thereafter to in and around May 2014, Smith conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 80 grams, but less than 100 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, on or about April 16, 2014, Smith carried a firearm in furtherance of the aforementioned drug trafficking crime when he made arrangements to trade a .40 caliber handgun for heroin.

Assistant United States Attorneys Amy L. Johnston and Cindy K. Chung prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. The task force is headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is comprised of members drawn from the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Street Task Force including Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Munhall Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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