PITTSBURGH – An inmate of SCI Pine Grove, Indiana, Pennsylvania pleaded responsible to 1 rely of conspiracy to distribute a amount of fentanyl, United States Legal professional Cindy Ok. Chung introduced at this time.
Delrico Shields age 26, previously of Glenwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pled responsible on January 21, 2022, earlier than U.S. District Decide W. Scott Hardy.
Shields was initially charged together with 23 others following a four-month Title III wiretap investigation into drug trafficking, violence, and firearms violations in and across the Hazelwood neighborhood in Pittsburgh. In accordance with info supplied to the court docket, throughout varied factors in the time-frame listed within the indictment—from in and round August of 2019 and persevering with thereafter to in and round August of 2021—Shields conspired to distribute a amount of fentanyl.
Sentencing is scheduled for Might 26, 2022. The regulation supplies for a most complete sentence of 20 years in jail, a nice of no more than $1,000,000, and a time period of supervised launch of no less than three years. Beneath the Federal Sentencing Pointers, the precise sentence imposed could be primarily based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior legal historical past, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Legal professional Nicole Vasquez Schmitt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the federal government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Munhall Police Division, Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Workplace, the Pennsylvania Workplace of the Legal professional Basic, and Whitehall Police Division performed the investigation resulting in the Indictment of Shields.
This prosecution is a results of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Job Pressure (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, cash launderers, gangs, and transnational legal organizations that threaten communities all through america. OCDETF makes use of a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency strategy that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and native regulation enforcement companies towards legal networks.