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10 Charged In Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Ten people have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

"In this case and others we are seeing a significant increase in the involvement of Mexican drug distribution organizations in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania," said Gary M. Davis, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Pittsburgh District Office. "These organizations are supplying local distributors with large amounts of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs. The arrests and seizures in this case have stopped the flow of a significant amount of cocaine from hitting the streets of Pittsburgh."

The one-count indictment named Darnell Edge, 36, of Monroeville, Pa.; Kurt Maxshure, 42, of Charlotte, NC;  Felix Cardona-Bonilla, 34, of Michoacan, Mexico; Reynaldo Lopez Salinas, 33, of Charlotte, NC; Nery Rolando Jerez-Toco, 43, of Southgate, Calif.; Dion Griffin, 37, of Monroeville, Pa.; Darrel Edge, 36, of Pittsburgh, Pa; Marcus Edge, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kelven Bean, 46, of Duquesne, Pa; and Wayne McClean, 26, McKeesport, Pa.

According to the indictment, from April 2011 and continuing thereafter to July 2011, the defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Monroeville Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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