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Three New Jersey Men Facing Drug Charges

January 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Three residents of New Jersey have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug laws and witness tampering, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count second superseding indictment named Corey Gadsden, 36; Omar Gadsden, 32; and Reggie Harris, 35, of New Jersey.

According to the second superseding indictment, from early 2005 and continuing thereafter to Nov. 3, 2009, Corey Gadsden and Omar Gadsden conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.  On Aug. 27, 2009, Corey Gadsden attempted to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, Also, on Nov. 3, 2009, Omar Gadsden and Harris conspired to retaliate against a witness.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $6,000,000, or both for Corey Gadsden.  For Omar Gadsden, the maximum total sentence is life imprisonment, a fine of $4,250,000, or both. For Reggie Harris, the maximum sentence is 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, 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 the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration 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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