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Duquesne man accused of trafficking heroin, fentanyl faces decades in prison

Natasha Lindstrom
| Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:03 p.m.
This DEA photo shows about 2 milligrams of fentanyl, which is a potentially lethal dose of the prescription painkiller, especially when mixed with other drugs.
Courtesy of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration
This DEA photo shows about 2 milligrams of fentanyl, which is a potentially lethal dose of the prescription painkiller, especially when mixed with other drugs.
Capt. Bob Stafford of the Greensburg Police Department holds an empty heroin stamp bag. There is an increasing number of drug overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Westmoreland County. (Trib photo)
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Capt. Bob Stafford of the Greensburg Police Department holds an empty heroin stamp bag. There is an increasing number of drug overdose deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Westmoreland County. (Trib photo)

A Duquesne man could face decades in prison and a fine of up to $2.5 million for allegedly distributing heroin and fentanyl and illegally possessing a weapon, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh announced Tuesday.

Marquis Brown, 29, faces three counts related to drug and firearms charges brought by a federal grand jury, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

On Oct. 3, Brown allegedly possessed with the intent to distribute heroin and two types of fentanyl, the indictment said.

On the same day, Brown is accused of having a firearm while drug trafficking, according to the indictment.

Federal law prohibits Brown — who's been convicted on prior felony charges — from possessing a gun, Brady said.

If convicted on the newly filed drug charges, Brown faces up to 30 years in prison, a fine of $2 million or both. The firearms charges could add another five years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting the case with help from the FBI's Western District of Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force, which is made up of FBI agents and state and local law enforcement.

The state Attorney General's Office, Allegheny County Sheriff's Department and police from Pittsburgh, Munhall, West Mifflin, Allegheny County and the Port Authority of Allegheny County assisted in the investigation.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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