Valley Men Plead Guilty in Cocaine Ring

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two Mon Valley men pleaded guilty in federal court to charges they helped traffic cocaine into the Homewood section of Pittsburgh.

Tracey Yancey, 53, of East Pittsburgh pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to drug possession with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a firearm, while David Irwin, 43, of White Oak pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said today.

Both pleas were entered before U.S. District Judge Mark R. Hornak in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Yancey and Irwin were both arrested following a joint investigation by the FBI and local police that began in December 2013 after a wave of drug-related violence in Homewood.

Prosecutors said both Irwin and Yancey were recorded on police wiretaps conspiring with others to purchase and distribute cocaine, which was shipped through the mail.

In addition, Yancey purchased a firearm, which as a convicted felon, he was forbidden to possess.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting both cases on behalf of the government.

Irwin faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of not more than $1 million. Hornak set a sentencing hearing for 11 a.m. Aug. 17.

Yancey faces a minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 50 years in prison, and a fine of not more than $5.25 million. Hornak set Yancey's sentencing for Sept. 9.

Both men are being held in jail pending their sentencing hearings.

In addition the FBI, the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the state Attorney General's office, and police from Wilkinsburg, Munhall, Duquesne, Monroeville, West Mifflin, Pittsburgh and Bellevue worked on the investigation that led to the arrests, a spokeswoman said.

Originally published May 02, 2016.

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