After deliberating for three hours, a federal jury of five men and seven women found Jamal Knox guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Forty Grams or More of Fentanyl, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced on Friday.
Jamal Knox, age 28, formerly of Tyler Road, Verona, Pennsylvania, was tried before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at the four-day trial established that Knox was part of a large-scale drug trafficking operation that referred to itself as “Hustlas Don’t Sleep.”
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Knox was a supplier of fentanyl to the drug trafficking organization, as revealed through court-authorized intercepted communications, evidence gathered through search warrants, and through witness testimony.
Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for March 28, 2023.
The law provides a total sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Penn Hills Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jamal Knox.