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Ex-Turtle Creek man, 19, pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges

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A former Turtle Creek man will spend at least five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to drug and firearms charges, including having a loaded AR-15 rifle in the rear of the vehicle he was driving when North Versailles police stopped him last year.

William T. Spencer, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, as well as a single count of firearms possession for furthering drug trafficking, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh said Friday.

Spencer was carrying a large amount of crack cocaine when North Versailles police stopped him on Feb. 11, 2017, while he was driving a sport utility vehicle. Police said he also had heroin inside the center console of the car. Police said they found a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and a loaded handgun in the SUV’s cargo area.

Spencer had been ordered to jail on March 31, 2017, according to court documents. He faces a mandated minimum five-year prison term and up to life in prison, a possible $2 million fine, or both. His actual sentence will be imposed by U.S. Judge David Cercone on Feb. 1, 2019.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Agency and the North Versailles and Duquesne police departments assisted in the investigation.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or [email protected]

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