For Immediate Release
Pittsburg Felon Charged with Drug and Firearms Offenses
PITTSBURGH, PA – Raymond Erfort has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for cocaine trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The indictment, returned on August 21 and unsealed today, charges Erfort, age 42, of Pittsburgh, with (1) possession with intent to distribute cocaine on December 13, 2017, and (2) possession of a firearm after a prior felony conviction on December 13, 2017.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 15 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $2,250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Brentwood Police Department, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.