Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Refuses to Cut Drug Dealer's Sentence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge Refuses to Cut Drug Dealer's Sentence

Article excerpt

A heroin dealer who was part of the largest narcotics ring ever prosecuted in this half of the state will not get out of prison early, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose on Thursday denied a motion for a reduced sentence by Omari Patton, 36, who is not due for release until 2023.

Patton had asked for a reduction based on an amendment to federal sentencing guidelines that retroactively lowered penalties for cocaine offenses, even though he is arguing that the government improperly calculated the amount of heroin he sold, not cocaine.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Amendment 706 applies only to crack and cocaine, not heroin.

The judge said Patton's contentions are "meritless."

Patton was an underling to two drug kingpins, Oliver Beasley and Donald Lyles, who from 1998 to 2002 flooded the region with cocaine and heroin supplied from New York, New Jersey and Atlanta. …

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