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Two Aliquippa Drug Dealers Sentenced To Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 23, 2010, that on April 22, 2010, Dennel Vito Dawkins a/k/a Nelli and Matthew Edward Weekley a/k/a Matt, both residents of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, were sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh on their convictions for violating federal narcotics laws.  Dawkins was sentenced to 235 months (19 years, 7 months) in prison followed by five years supervised release.  Weekley was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison followed by five years supervised release.

Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch imposed the sentences on Dawkins, age 23, and Weekley, age 25.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle, from in or around 2003 and continuing thereafter to on or about December 3, 2008, Dawkins and Weekley conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Dawkins acknowledged his responsibility for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of crack cocaine.  Weekley acknowledged his responsibility for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack.

Dawkins, Weekley, and 11 co‑conspirators were indicted in December of 2008 and charged in a 35‑count with violating federal narcotics laws.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) comprised of members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Beaver County District Attorney's Office Anti‑Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Internal Revenue Service ‑ Criminal Investigation Division, the Aliquippa Police Department, the Hopewell Police Department, and the New Brighton Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecutions of Dennel Dawkins and Matthew Weekley.  The OCDETF investigation was code named "Operation Enough is Enough."

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