Verona: Roderick Ferguson Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

Verona: Roderick Ferguson Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

Verona Teen, Roderick Ferguson Sentenced to Prison for Role in DS44 Gang’s Drug Trafficking

PITTSBURGH, PA (STL.News) A resident of Verona, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 months of imprisonment followed by two years of supervised released on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of fentanyl and heroin, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV imposed the sentence on Roderick Ferguson, age 19.

According to information presented to the court, Ferguson was a part of an investigation targeting the Darccide/Smash 44 or DS44 neighborhood gang and its drug trafficking activity, in and around the South Side area of Pittsburgh.  As part of this large-scale narcotics and firearms investigation, from approximately February of 2019 through June of 2019, the United States received authorization to intercept communications on nine telephones as part of the investigation.

Intercepted communications revealed that Roderick Ferguson was involved in the distribution of heroin and fentanyl, including serving as a runner for co-conspirator Christopher Highsmith.

Assistant United States Attorneys Brendan J. McKenna and Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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