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10 Charged in Cocaine Distribution Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Five residents of Pittsburgh, Pa., two residents of Penn Hills, Pa. ania, one resident of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, one resident of Atlanta, Georgia, and one resident of Tucker, Georgia, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named:

  • Randee Gilliam, 45, of Tucker, Ga.;
  • Dorian Gilliam, 29, of Atlanta, Ga.;
  • John Saban a/k/a Old Dude, 50, of Penn Hills, Pa.;
  • Arlen Smith a/k/a Terry, 41, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
  • Courtney Wallace a/k/a Court, 32, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
  • Kevin McKinzie, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
  • Lamont Wright a/k/a Whitey, a/k/a Mont, 38, of Penn Hills, Pa.;
  • Genaro Coleman a/k/a Nardo, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
  • Eric Campbell a/k/a Grayhead, 39, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and
  • Frederick Ellis, 38, of Canonsburg, Pa., as defendants.

According to the indictment, from in or around July 2011, and continuing thereafter to on or about March 20, 2012, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the defendants conspired with one another to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

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 offense 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 Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Also assisting in the investigation were the United States Marshals Service, the Penn Hills Police, the Monroeville Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the McKees Rocks Police.

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

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