Pittsburgh man gets just under five years in federal prison for selling fentanyl from China

By Amanda Klein | December 10, 2018

The  Pittsburgh man who prosecutors say sold a large amount of fentanyl that he obtained from China was sentenced Friday to four years and nine months in prison.

Court filings alleged that from May through August 2017, Calvin Armstrong, 32, conspired with six others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cyclopropyl fentanyl.

Authorities say that during an Aug 9, 2017, search at Armstrong’s Pittsburgh home police found large amounts of narcotics and packaging material.

A table with powder narcotics was overturned during the initial SWAT entry into the home, causing large amounts of opioids to become airborne. SWAT officers exposed to the airborne narcotics were sent to Mercy for evaluation–everyone was medically cleared and no one was harmed.

Police also searched another home connected to Armstrong and found another individual and opioids at the residence. A total of 235 grams of cyclopropyl fentanyl was recovered from both residences. Armstrong admitted to packaging narcotics.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge David S. Cercone who imposed the sentence also ordered Armstrong to serve three years of supervised release.

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

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