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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
Eric G. Olshan, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Convicted Felon from Pittsburgh Indicted on Narcotics and Firearms Charges

PITTSBURGH — A resident of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

The three-count superseding indictment named Kendall McKoy, 21, as the sole defendant.

According to the superseding indictment, on or about June 7, 2021, McKoy possessed with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base. In addition, on that same day, McKoy possessed a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime. Finally, on or about June 27, 2022, McKoy possessed a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, or both. 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 U.S. Attorney DeMarr W. Moulton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the superseding indictment in this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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