Clairton Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Drug Death

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A Clairton man pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing the drugs that led to the death of a local man.

Skyler Carter, 37, faces 20 years to life in prison and up to a $1 million fine, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a prepared statement Thursday. U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for Oct. 4 at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors allege that Carter had supplied fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, and cocaine to a co-defendant, Katie Spratt, which Spratt then sold to a victim identified only as "A.B.," causing his overdose death on June 5, 2017.

In addition to the overdose death, prosecutors said that Carter admitted distributing at least 160 grams of fentanyl, 280 grams of cocaine base, and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine.

Prosecutors said Carter enlisted the help of his brother and sister, co-defendants Courtney and Jalea Carter, among others, in his drug trafficking activities, using their residences to store, package and distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base. He is the 17th of 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to enter a plea of guilty, Brady said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation of this case, which also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department and Pittsburgh Police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting the case, Brady said.

Originally published June 14, 2018.

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