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Three Charged in Marijuana Trafficking Conspiracy

June 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two residents of Jamaica, and one resident of Staten Island, New York, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count superseding indictment, returned on June 26, named Ainsworth Kerr, a/k/a Diamond, 34, and James Omar Romelo, a/k/a Troy Omar Hill, 37, both of Jamaica, and Tandrea Mitchell, 35, of Staten Island, New York, as defendants.

According to the superseding indictment, from on or about Jan. 1, 2009, through on or about Aug. 30, 2010, Kerr, Romelo and Mitchell conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and on Feb. 24, 2010, Kerr and Romelo possessed with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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 Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the superseding 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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