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North Versailles fentanyl dealer gets more than 4 years in prison

Natasha Lindstrom
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Courtesy of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration
This DEA photo shows about 2 milligrams of fentanyl, which is a potentially lethal dose of the prescription painkiller, especially when mixed with other drugs.
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Illegal powdered fentanyl confiscated by the DEA.

A North Versailles man who conspired with about 20 others to sell cocaine and fentanyl in Pittsburgh’s southwestern suburbs was sentenced to more than four years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Dawndre Bivins, 30, was convicted on narcotics charges for distributing throughout the Clairton area an estimated 1.9 kilograms of cocaine and 40 grams of fentanyl — enough to kill as many as 10,000 people. He was sentenced to more than four year in prison, followed by six years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller that can be 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin; as little as 2 or 3 nanograms per milliliter of blood of fentanyl can be deadly.

About twice a month, Bivins would purchase two fentanyl bricks — or four to five grams — and two ounces of cocaine from his codefendant, Skyler Carter, 37, of Clairton, prosecutors said.

Bivins then would sell the potentially deadly drugs to individual buyers, predominately in Clairton and nearby suburbs.

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence, noting that he enhanced the penalty because Bivins had a prior conviction for a felony drug trafficking offense, Brady said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted the case with help from the FBI, Allegheny County Sheriff’s office and Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police.

Bivins was the third of 21 defendants charged in the conspiracy to be sentenced, Brady said.

Earlier this month, codefendant Carter pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl resulting in an overdose death.

Carter has acknowledged in court that he was responsible for the distribution of at least 160 grams of fentanyl, 280 grams of cocaine base and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine. Carter faces 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Carter will remain jailed until his sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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