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Ex-City Man Pleads Guilty in Drug Case

Sentencing in federal court planned for June 26

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
March 14, 2023
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former city man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday in connection with drug and firearms charges.

Raymar McKenzie, 34, faces a possible life sentence and up to a $2 million fine, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan is scheduled for June 26.

Court records also list an address for McKenzie in Duquesne.

Prosecutors allege that on three separate occasions in August and September 2020, McKenzie sold fentanyl and crack cocaine to an undercover Allegheny County police officer.

Rivetti said that police obtained a search warrant for McKenzie’s home and vehicle. During a search on Sept. 18, 2020, prosecutors said, police recovered nearly $5,000 in cash, packaged cocaine base, fentanyl, a .40-caliber handgun and a loaded magazine.

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

McKenzie is being held on a federal detainer at the Butler County Prison, court officials said. Rivetti’s spokeswoman said Allegheny County and McKeesport police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McKenzie.

Court records indicate that McKenzie is also awaiting trial in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, criminal conspiracy and possession of marijuana in connection with a March 2018 arrest by Duquesne police.

That case is scheduled for trial June 21 before Allegheny County Judge Randal B. Todd.

Originally published March 14, 2023.

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