PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident has been sentenced in federal court to 70 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release following his conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the United States Attorney said. Cindy K. Chung announced it today.
U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman, IV, imposed the sentence on 28-year-old Donald Lyles, Jr..
According to information presented to the court, in 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating a heroin trafficking organization of which Lyles was a member. Beginning in February 2019 and continuing through September 2019, the FBI received authorization to conduct a Title III wiretap investigation of the organization. Lyles was intercepted orchestrating and directing the movement of heroin from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for distribution throughout Pittsburgh by various members of the organization. In addition to the intercepted communications, officers seized heroin, firearms, and loose U.S. currency from members of the organization, including Lyles. Judge Stickman referred to the seriousness of the offense as well as Lyles’ criminal history.
Assistant United States Attorney Mark V. Gurzo prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Allegheny County Police Department, Stowe Township Police Department, Pittsburgh Police Bureau, Bureau of Attorney General, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, North Versailles Police. Department, the Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, the Munhall Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Lyles.
This lawsuit is the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities across the United States. The OECDTF employs a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.