Woman sentenced to 2 years for drug conspiracy

September 19, 2018

A Pittsburgh woman has been sentenced in federal court to two years in prison for conspiring to possess and distribute opiate painkillers, oxycodone and oxymorphone, federal authorities said.

U.S. District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Nicole Miller, 31, of 1300 block of Geyer Avenue.

Prosecutors said Miller participated in a network of drug dealers who obtained opiate painkillers and then illegally distributed them to users in the Pittsburgh area.

Miller recruited customers from a drug rehabilitation clinic, arranged for sales of drugs to users, payments to suppliers, and purchases from suppliers. She performed various other functions that furthered the drug trafficking, according a statement from U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Miller was already on probation for two separate offenses and on bond for a third when she committed the offenses in this case, according to federal authorities.

While her case was pending, Miller initiated a phone call to a charged co-conspirator, William Richardson, in which Miller stated she had identified the residence and vehicle of a Pittsburgh police officer who had participated in the investigation of criminal activity at the residence of Richardson and Miller, prosecutors said.

Miller was aware from that investigation that Richardson had multiple firearms, and in the intercepted phone call, Richardson made statements fairly constituting direct threats of physical violence as to the police officer.

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