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Californians Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Cocaine Deal

April 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 26, 2010, that on April 23, 2010, two residents of California were each sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh to 10 years in prison for violating federal drug laws.

Roland Peterson Thibodeaux, age 30, of Perris, California, and George Mallon Myers, age 38, of San Jacinto, California, were sentenced before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory J. Nescott advised the court that on April 29, 2009, Robert Allen Smith, Roland Thibodeaux, and a DEA informant participated in a phone conversation concerning a proposed multi‑kilogram cocaine deal.  A deal was subsequently arranged for 20‑25 kilograms.

On May 7, 2009, Smith and Thibodeaux flew into Pittsburgh and checked into a hotel room in Harmarville, Allegheny County, as they awaited the arrival of the cocaine shipment, concealed in a tractor‑trailer.  Thibodeaux told the informant that he could take the cocaine "on a front" ‑ without paying any cash down ‑ and that the informant could pay after selling the cocaine in the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Thibodeaux added that if the first deal went well, similar cocaine deliveries could then occur every week or two.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on May 8, 2009, a tractor­trailer loaded with produce arrived at the Harmarville hotel.  As Smith and Thibodeaux approached the truck, they were arrested, as was George Myers, the truck driver.  A search of the truck revealed 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of cocaine secreted in the ceiling of the truck cab.

Mr. Nescott advised the Court that the cocaine was to be sold at $33,000 per kilo by Thibodeaux and Smith, making the value of the shipment $660,000.  The retail value of this shipment is conservatively estimated at between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000.

Robert Allen Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23, 2010.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Robert Allen Smith, Roland Peterson Thibodeaux and George Mallon Myers.

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