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Illegal alien living in McKees Rocks charged with drug trafficking death

| Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

A federal grand jury today added a charge of drug trafficking that resulted in death to the list of charges against a resident of McKees Rocks who entered the country illegally.

Saul Lopes-Viera, 24, of Mexico, has already pleaded guilty to the illegal entry charges, but is awaiting trial on three heroin trafficking charges, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. Drug trafficking that results in a death carries a sentence of 20 years to life.

The superseding indictment issued today added another drug charge because an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Canonsburg police turned up a person who died as a result of the heroin ring Lopes-Viera was involved in, according to court documents. The new indictment doesn't name the person who died.

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