Pittsburgh man gets jail time of 9-18 months in drug case
Eagle Staff Writer
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January 13, 2018
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Nathaniel Caldwell Jr.

A Pittsburgh man charged with heroin distribution in Butler County was sentenced Jan. 4 to county jail.

Nathaniel Caldwell Jr., 51, was sentenced to nine to 18 months in the Butler County Prison by President Judge Thomas Doerr.

He was also ordered to serve 12 months of probation following the expiration of his parole and to pay court costs, a $500 fine and $700 in restitution to the Butler County Drug Task Force, as well as complete a drug and alcohol program while at the county jail and continue with any recommended counseling determined by the Butler County Adult Probation Office.

Caldwell pleaded guilty on Dec. 12 to felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, before Judge Timothy McCune.

He was initially charged with felony criminal conspiracy, four counts of felony possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of felony criminal use of a communication facility, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, following an investigation by the Butler County Drug Task Force after reports that Caldwell was selling heroin in the parking lot of Houlihan’s restaurant on Route 19 in Cranberry Township.

The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea.

A confidential informant and an undercover officer arranged a meeting with Caldwell on the night of Feb. 17 in the parking lot, providing $700 for 250 stamp bags of heroin, according to the criminal complaint.

At 2:28 a.m. the following morning they met with Caldwell again in the parking lot of the Giant Eagle on Shakespeare Street in Pittsburgh, where he provided them with the heroin.

On Feb. 21, officers observed Caldwell arrive at the Houlihan’s parking lot, where he was arrested. Police said five bricks of heroin were recovered.

Jacob Wyland, Caldwell’s attorney. said his client was an “intermediary” in the sale, having been “approached and knowing someone who could provide the drugs.”

He said following his arrest Caldwell was “fully cooperating with the investigation,” which led to the negotiated plea.