Fentanyl Dealer Gets 10-Year Federal Prison Sentence

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months’ imprisonment and eight years supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Khalifa Cochran, age 37.

According to information presented to the court, the charges in this case resulted from a wiretap investigation conducted by the FBI and other law enforcement partners. During the investigation, the defendant was intercepted over a wiretapped phone discussing drug transactions. In connection with the investigation, on April 18, 2017, officers recovered 105 grams of fentanyl from the defendant’s car. Additional quantities of fentanyl were recovered from the defendant’s house during the execution of a search warrant on the same day.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak stated that this sentence was sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the goals of sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Caitlin A. Loughran prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pennsylvania State Police, the New Brighton Police Department, the Wilkinsburg Police Department, and the Cranberry Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Cochran.