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Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to distributing 3,000 oxycodone tablets |

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to distributing 3,000 oxycodone tablets

| Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:57 a.m

A Pittsburgh man will be sentenced in June for unlawfully distributing more than 3,000 oxycodone pills between April 2013 and September 2014, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.

Michael C. Pegher, 46, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to drug-related offenses and faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both, according to a news release.

Pegher acquired the pills through prescriptions written by Alan Barnett, who was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months on home electronic monitoring, authorities said. Barnett pleaded guilty in August 2016 to illegally writing oxycodone prescriptions for Pegher and others, the release said. Barnett’s sentence includes a $50,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

Oxycodone is a powerful opioid painkiller.

Pegher is free on unsecured bond. His sentencing is set for June 4.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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