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Purported Pittsburgh gang member sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
An addict prepares heroin, placing a fentanyl test strip into the mixing container to check for contamination, Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. If the strip registers a 'pinkish' to red marker then the heroin is positive for contaminants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
An addict prepares heroin, placing a fentanyl test strip into the mixing container to check for contamination, Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. If the strip registers a 'pinkish' to red marker then the heroin is positive for contaminants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

An alleged Hill District gang member was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Tuesday for violating drug laws, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said.

Robert Fields, Jr., also known as “Squid,” 24, of Jumonville Street, Uptown section of Pittsburgh, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.

Prosecutors said that, between November 2015 and January 2016, Fields conspired with others to distribute 100 or more grams of heroin.

The government said he was a member of the Wavy Boyz gang.

Fields was indicted with Norman Blackwell.

According to court records, the government used wiretaps in its investigation.

Fields initially pleaded not guilty and a trial was scheduled. He could have received a five- to 40-year prison sentence and a large fine if found guilty at trial.

However, he changed his plea to a lesser offense, records show.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Blackwell, also known as “Dirt,” also initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea as well.

According to the government, the Wavy Boyz gang had ties to a drug sales network that allegedly sold heroin across this region as well as parts of Ohio, Michigan and the Virgin Islands.

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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