Washington County man facing drug and firearms charges in federal court

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By Amanda Klein | September 12, 2018

Federal authorities have charged a Washington, Pennsylvania man who has a significant criminal past with possession with the intent to deliver fentanyl and weapons charges.

According to the three count indictment, handed down on Wednesday, Romone Barnes, 32, distributed and possessed a large quantity of fentanyl on June 26 and Sept. 25, 2017.

The indictment also alleges that in 2013, Barnes was convicted of selling drugs in five separate felony cases filed in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Because of the convictions, Barnes was not legally permitted to possess the .380 caliber handgun and ammunition the indictment alleges he had on July 6, 2017.

Officers with the Pennsylvania State Police and Washington County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the arrest and charges.

If convicted of both charges, Barnes faces a sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life in prison and a fine of $2,000,000, or both.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

 

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