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Four Charged In Beaver County Drug Trafficking Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two residents of Beaver Falls, Pa., and two residents of Houston, Texas, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The ten-count superseding indictment, returned yesterday and unsealed today, named Adrian Taylor a/k/a Tate, 35, of Beaver Falls, Pa.; Vincent D. Middlebrooks, 39, of Houston, Texas; Gathon Dudley Shannon a/k/a Gathow Dudly Channon, 45, of Houston, Texas; and Carlos Cleckley a/k/a Los, 36, of Beaver Falls, Pa., as defendants.

According to the superseding indictment, from on or about Dec. 4, 2009, and continuing thereafter to on or about Sept. 29, 2011, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Taylor, Middlebrooks, Shannon, and Cleckley conspired with one another and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Also, on or about Sept. 29, 2011, Taylor, Middlebrooks, and Shannon distributed and possessed with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The indictment also charges that on or about Feb. 19, 2010, Taylor distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, and on or about Feb. 23, 2010, Taylor distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.  Additionally, on or about Sept. 24, 2010, July 29, 2010, July 22, 2010, June 25, 2010 and June 15, 2010, Cleckley distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine, and on or about July 29, 2010, Cleckley distributed and possessed with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as crack.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of each defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) comprised of members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation Division, and the Beaver Falls Police Department conducted  the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  Additional departments participating in this investigation included the Baldwin Police Department; Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; Munhall Police Department; West Homestead Police Department; Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Duquesne Police Department; Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General; and the New Brighton Police Department.

A superseding indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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