More than 30 people --- many from the Mon Valley --- were rounded up early Wednesday morning by FBI agents and local police and arrested on federal drug charges related to trafficking cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.
In a prepared release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has issued three separate, but related indictments which were unsealed this week.
Brady said that charged by federal prosecutors in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and crack between August 2018 and May of this year are:
Dorian Boyd, 24; Paula DeBaker, 55; Jaymare Jackson, 29; Tyrone Roilton, 28; Marcel Sewell, 58; James Wells, 31; and Rand Wolford, 31, all of Braddock;
Richard Coto-Wheat, 26; Delbert Pate, 26; Keenan Williams, 21; Kreg Williams, 29, all of Duquesne;
Reginald Brown, 29, of East Pittsburgh;
Thomas Dwyer, 42, of Homestead;
Bernard Wilkins, 56, of Irwin;
Philip Matey, 53, of North Braddock;
Gregory Luptak, 51, of North Huntingdon Twp.;
Howard McFadden, 29, of Turtle Creek;
William Kalna, 50, of West Newton;
Justin Law, 30, of Wilkinsburg;
Michael Rose, 27; Rodney Dennard, 51; Talen Holmes, 21; Travis Moore, 26; and Donald Singleton, 47, all of Pittsburgh; and
Lisamarie Ross, 35, of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County.
The second indictment contains two counts and charges Chadlin Leavy, 30, of Pittsburgh, Marvin Porter, 48, of Allison Park, Damien Franklin, 26, of Verona, and Larry Dandridge, 24, of Monroeville in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, according to a spokeswoman for Brady.
A third indictment charges Wayne Barker, 61, of West Mifflin; William Barker, 63, of Upper St. Clair Twp.; Jared Eck, 28, of Pittsburgh; Eric Vanderslice, 39, of Phoenixville, Chester County; and Chadlin Leavy of a conspiracy to distribute marijuana, the spokeswoman said.
Brady said the FBI's Pittsburgh Office led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force; the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office; the Allegheny County Police Department; Pennsylvania State Police; Pennsylvania Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations; Allegheny County Adult Probation; and local police from Monroeville, Penn Hills, Shaler Twp., Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting these cases on behalf of the government, Brady said. An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, the spokeswoman said.
Originally published June 12, 2019.