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A former Duquesne resident faces more than six years in federal prison and six years probation following his conviction on drug and firearms charges, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung said.
Brandon McCaskill, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti after he was found guilty on charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and possession of a firearm in connection with drug trafficking.
Prosecutors allege that on Aug. 17, 2020, Duquesne police officers visited McCaskill’s home in connection with a separate incident. While there, prosecutors said, police found McCaskill seated on the front porch with a backpack and detected a strong odor of drugs.
Police obtained a search warrant and inspected the backpack, prosecutors said, discovering a loaded handgun and 11 bricks of 50 bags each stamped “Dr. Pepper.” The baggies contained fentanyl and tramadol.
Police also recovered two digital scales, cash and additional plastic bags containing cocaine and heroin.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan J. McKenna prosecuted this case on behalf of the government, the spokeswoman said. Chung commended the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Duquesne police for the investigation.
Originally published January 26, 2023.