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Monessen man with 15 prior convictions returning to prison for dealing heroin

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
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A Monessen heroin dealer with 15 prior convictions is headed back to federal prison after he was found guilty of drug dealing by a federal jury Wednesday, according to acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.

Maurice “Reese” Frezzell, 34, faces up to 30 years in prison at his April sentencing hearing.

Frezzell was already on probation after serving a federal sentence of more than six years when the latest investigation began into his drug dealing in Washington and surrounding areas, Song said in a release.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and local police used a confidential informant to buy heroin from Frezzell, leading to his arrest, Song said. More drug charges are pending after a search of Frezzell's home turned up a number of other drugs.

Song noted that Frezzell's criminal career began at age 12 with a sexual assault and has since included two separate assaults on law enforcement and illegal firearm possession.

In addition to the federal prison term, Frezzell could face a $2 million fine when he is sentenced April 17. He was remanded to federal custody in the meantime.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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