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Cranberry woman sentenced to prison for delivering drugs tied to overdose death

A Cranberry Township woman was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 28, to serve up to five years in prison for delivering drugs found at the scene of a man’s 2020 overdose death.

Morgan Leon, 33, of Cranberry Township, was sentenced to 30 to 60 months in state prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance filed by Evans City/Seven Fields Regional police following the incident in Seven Fields.

In addition, she was sentenced to concurrently serve 12 to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit retail theft filed by Cranberry Township police following an Oct. 3, 2021, incident.

Patrick M. Szwez, 33, was found dead in a home on Franklin Road on Nov. 5, 2020, the day after he was released from a 30-day inpatient treatment program for drug abuse, police said in charging documents.

Police said they found full stamp bags of heroin, paraphernalia and a cellphone in Szwez's room. Texts on the cellphone are what led police to Leon.

The texts regarding two drug deals on Nov. 4 and 5 that year were listed in the affidavit, which shows during the Nov. 5 text chain, Szwez arranges to buy a “bun” from Leon for about $60.

“Thank you so much Morgan I really appreciate it,” Szwez texted, according to the affidavit.

A bundle, also known as a “bun,” is about 10 stamp bags worth of heroin.

During the transaction, Szwez also mentioned he didn't have enough cash outright, and a stop at an ATM would be needed, the charging documents showed. According to the texts, he offered his card to Leon to take the money out for the deal.

Police said transaction information from Szwez's bank and video surveillance from the gas station aligned with the text messages.

According to an autopsy by the Butler County Coroner’s office, Szwez died from poisoning from a combination of drugs including fentanyl, heroin, buspirone, doxylamine, hydroxyzine, acetaminophen and venlafaxine.

Szwez was a graduate of Seneca Valley High School, received a bachelor's degree from Ashford University and had been working in the insurance industry. He was battling addiction, according to his obituary.

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