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Jury Finds Texas Man Guilty of Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine

December 11, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After deliberating for approximately four hours, a federal jury of four men and eight women found Gathon Dudley Shannon a/k/a Gathow Dudly Channon guilty of one count of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Gathon Dudley Shannon a/k/a Gathow Dudly Channon, 46, of Houston, Texas, was tried before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch in Pittsburgh.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Troy Rivetti and Katherine A. King, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that 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, Shannon conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for April 22, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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, the Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office and the Beaver Falls Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gathon Dudley Shannon a/k/a Gathow Dudly Channon.

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