PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Duquesne, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotic and firearm laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
The three-count Indictment, returned on May 5 and unsealed today, named Brandon McCaskill, age 35, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, on or about August 17, 2020, McCaskill possessed with the intent to distribute mixtures of controlled substances containing fentanyl, heroin, tramadol, and cocaine. The Indictment also alleges that McCaskill was in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The Indictment further alleged that McCaskill, a convicted felon, possessed both a firearm and ammunition. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The law provides for a term of imprisonment of life and/or a fine of up to $2,000,0000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Duquesne Police Department, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.