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Date: 03-15-2023

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United States of America v. Raymar McKenzie

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Judge: Nicholas Ranjan

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh

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Description: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with violating federal narcotics and firearm laws.

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On Sept. 18, 2020, law enforcement executed the search warrants. Law enforcement detained Raymar McKenzie during the search, and he was found in possession of $1,680.00. From an upstairs bedroom, officers located a cellular phone on a bed. Upon calling the number used to contact McKenzie during the controlled buy operations, the phone rang. A sweatshirt on the floor of that bedroom contained packaged cocaine base and a pair of keys that opened the black pickup truck operated by the defendant during the controlled buy operations. Next to the sweatshirt, officers observed a safe. While opening the safe, McKenzie notified officers that the safe contained fentanyl.

Following a waiver of his rights, McKenzie admitted that everything in the house was his and described the contents of the safe as including crack, fentanyl, and a black Ruger. In addition to the packaged drugs and firearm, the safe held a loaded .40 caliber extended magazine and $3,000.00.

Judge Ranjan scheduled sentencing for June 26, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court remanded McKenzie to the custody of the US Marshals Service.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department and the McKeesport Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McKenzie.

Outcome: McKenzie pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and crack, in addition to possession of a firearm in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime.

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