PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to serve a total of 72 months’ imprisonment followed by 36 months’ supervised release on his convictions for violating the federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Senior United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Julius Maurice Hurt, 35, formerly of Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, who was convicted of possessing quantities of heroin and cocaine intending to redistribute those substances, and possessing firearms in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime.
According to information presented to the court, in the early morning hours of May 3, 2017, Waynesburg Borough Police Officers were dispatched to the area in and around the Greene County Courthouse based on 911 calls that an individual, later determined to be Mr. Hurt, was observed carrying firearms. The responding officers located Mr. Hurt in that area and found him in possession of two loaded firearms (a .45 caliber Colt pistol and a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol). On his person, police found quantities of cocaine and heroin, which Mr. Hurt admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute. In Mr. Hurt’s Waynesburg residence, the state police found drug paraphernalia commonly used to package heroin and cocaine for further distribution. In connection with his guilty plea, Mr. Hurt admitted to possessing the firearms in furtherance of the charged drug trafficking offense.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Brady commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Waynesburg Borough Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Mr. Hurt.