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Wilmerding man pleads guilty regarding 2016 heroin sales

Matthew Medsger
| Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
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A Wilmerding man faces at least a decade in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to sell heroin in 2016.

Lavaris Oakes, also known as Lavaris Anderson, 32, on Friday pleaded guilty to one count of violating federal narcotics laws.

Prosecutors say Oakes, in connection to his plea, admitted that from February 2016 to that July, he conspired to sell heroin.

Oakes is scheduled to be sentenced June 19 before federal Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh.

Served time before

Oakes was charged with other drug crimes in 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in prison but released in August 2015.

The current charges, according to federal sentencing guidelines, carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a fine up to $8 million.

According to a release from the Justice Department, the FBI conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Oakes. It was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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