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Ten Charged With Drug, Gun Law Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today that on Oct. 4, 2011, nine area residents and one New Jersey resident were indicted in a superseding indictment by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws.

The 15-count superseding indictment named the following defendants:

Gary Moorefield, 44, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Kenny Parish, 55; of Newark, New Jersey
Landon Claybourne, 29, of Wilmerding, Pa.;
Tom Craighead, 43, of McKees Rocks, Pa.;
George Hawkins, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
David Michael Jones, 30, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Ronald Klages, 31, of East Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Bridgette Lewis, 36, of Verona, Pa.;
Sharifa Miller, 28, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and
Dequillarae Zellous, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to the superseding indictment, from in or around August 2009, and continuing thereafter to in or around September 2010, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the 10 above-named defendants conspired with one another and with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

In addition, the superseding indictment charges Gary Moorefield and Sharifa Miller with possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, maintaining a drug involved premises, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, all on or about Aug. 29, 2009.

The superseding indictment charges Gary Moorefield and Bridgette Lewis with the crime of criminal attempt to possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin on or about Aug. 11, 2010.

Additionally, Gary Moorefield and Tom Craighead are charged with distribution and/or possession with intent to distribute heroin on Sept. 1, 2010, and Sept. 23, 2010, respectively.

The superseding indictment also charges Gary Moorefield, Tom Craighead, and George Hawkins with the possession firearms as convicted felons, on or about Sept. 23, 2010.

Finally, Gary Moorefield is charged with the illegal possession of body armor by a violent felon, the maintaining of a second drug-involved premises, and the possession of additional firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses, on or about Sept. 23, 2010.

With respect to all 10 defendants, the law provides for a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, 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 defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  The task force is headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is comprised of members drawn from the Baldwin Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, the Munhall Police, the Pittsburgh Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Duquesne Police, the West Homestead Police, the Allegheny County Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) - Financial Investigations Unit.  Assistance in the investigation was provided by the Penn Hills Police, the Monroeville Police, the McKees Rocks Police, and the Wilkinsburg Police.  The OCDETF investigation was code-named "Operation No Moore."

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

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