Three Charged In Cocaine Trafficking Scheme
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ One resident of Mexico, one resident of Texas, and one resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotic laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The three‑count indictment named Emilio Carmona‑Cepeda, 29, of Mexico; Mario Soto, 31, of San Benito, Texas; and Andre Allen Williams, 40, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as defendants.
According to the indictment presented to the court, the defendants conspired and attempted to distribute and to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Court records indicate that DEA agents seized over $146,000 in cash in April. Carmona‑Cepeda also is allegedly in the country illegally after having been removed to Mexico in 2007.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than10 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 the defendants.
Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency 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.