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Braddock man indicted for alleged federal drug and gun violations

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

A Braddock man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on Tuesday for allegedly violating federal drug and firearms laws, federal authorities announced.

The three-count indictment named Mario Tiller, 40.

According to the indictment, on June 19, Tiller possessed crack with intent to distribute it. He also had a handgun.

Prosecutors said Tiller had been twice convicted in Allegheny County Court of drug distribution, and separately for terroristic threats and theft. As a result, he wasn’t allowed to have a gun.

Federal prosecutors are charging him with having and distributing crack cocaine, illegally having a gun, and having the gun during drug sales.

He was arrested Tuesday and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail as a federal prisoner. He is scheduled to have an initial court appearance on Oct. 24 at federal district court in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors are seeking to confiscate about $100 found on Tiller, as well as a Glock 9mm handgun and two ammunition magazines, and a smart phone.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, conducted the investigation.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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