Federal agents and police on Thursday began rounding up 16 accused members of a ring that shipped cocaine to Pittsburgh from Atlanta and Detroit following a DEA-led wiretap investigation.
A four-count indictment handed up under seal on Tuesday and unsealed Thursday names Jamal Stoner, 33, of Pittsburgh, as the lead defendant.
Other accused members of the ring are from the Atlanta area as well as Michigan, New Mexico and Virginia.
The U.S. attorney’s office said that the ring conspired from September 2020 to last month to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine.
The indictment also seeks forfeiture of cash generated from drug dealing, including $130,000 seized on July 16; $37,000 seized on Aug. 25; and $238,480 seized on Sept. 27.
In addition to Stoner, the others indicted are:
Gordon Johnson, 36, of Atlanta; Bobby Jordan, 34, of West Mifflin; Daniel Johnson, 56, of North Versailles; Wilbert Corley, 34, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Kory Singleton, 31, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Quamar Linton, 36, of Elizabeth; Jesus Cuevas, 41, of Atlanta; Mary Hester, 45, of Pittsburgh; Kerby Singleton, 30, of Lithonia, Ga.; Jarviair Jackson, 35, of Douglasville, Ga.; Paula Crowell, 31, of Sterling Heights, Mich.; Peter Dawson, 54, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Gerard Riley, 50, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Quincy Rogers, 35, of Brookhaven, Ga.; and John Heath, 32, of Pittsburgh.
Details of the investigation were sparse but the ring is accused of bringing cocaine into Western Pennsylvania from Georgia and Michigan. Atlanta and Detroit have long been source cities for drug dealers in Pittsburgh.
The investigation was handled by the DEA along with the criminal division of the IRS, the state attorney general and numerous police departments and brought as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program.
OCDETF, established in 1982, targets major drug traffickers nationwide.