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Jury Finds Two Guilty In Cocaine Trafficking Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After deliberating two hours yesterday, a federal jury of six men and six women found Bradley Barndt and Franco Badini guilty of one count of violating federal narcotic laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Bradley Barndt, 26, of Somerset, Pa., and Franco Badini, 39, of McKees Rocks, Pa., were tried before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry in Pittsburgh. Also, on Aug. 8, 2011, a co-defendant, David Curran, 28, of Upper St. Clair, Pa., pleaded guilty to four counts before Judge McVerry.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial and during the plea hearing established that Barndt, Badini and Curran, from January 2009 to Dec. 15, 2009, conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. In addition, on Aug. 21, 2009, Oct. 3, 2009, and Oct. 29, 2009, Curran distributed cocaine.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for Barndt and Badini on Dec. 1, 2011.  Curran is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 9, 2011.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Barndt's and Curran's detention and revoked Badini's bond.

The Drug Enforcement Administration including Task Force Officers Nick Falascino, Matt Truesdell and Eric Harpster; the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; the Pittsburgh Division of Weed and Seed; the Allegheny County Sheriff=s Office; the Pennsylvania State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Barndt, Badini and Curran.

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