North Versailles man will serve 13 months in federal prison for part in painkiller ring |

North Versailles man will serve 13 months in federal prison for part in painkiller ring

Chuck Biedka

A North Versailles man will serve 13 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute the painkilling pill oxycodone.

U.S. District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence Wednesday on John Zurick, 41, of 506 Porter St. He also will also serve three years supervised release after his release from prison.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Zurick participated in a network of drug dealers that obtained opiate painkillers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area.

Zurick helped transport one of the key dealers in the criminal network, to buy and sell opiate pills. While transporting that dealer, Zurick was armed with a gun, which he was not allowed to have.

Brady commended the Federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation led by the FBI, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County police department. Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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