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20 Charged in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

March 29, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Twenty people from three states have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and money laundering laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count second superseding indictment, returned on March 28, named the following as defendants:

Ruben M. Mitchell, 43, of Stockton, California;

Tywan Staples, 42, of Oakland, California;

Timothy White, 41, of Tracy, California;

Kevin M. Alexander, 47, of Oakland, California;

Eric A. Barnett, 42, of Oakland, California;

Errick L. Bradford, 40, of Oakland, California;

Anthony Bursey, 37, of Sacramento, California;

Damon L. Collins, 45, of Antioch, California;

Kenneth R. Douglas, 64, of Hayward, California;

Calvin Expose, 66, of Oakland, California;

Dennis Haenze, 56, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;

Rashene Hill, 37, of Frederick, Maryland;

Earl Lamar, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;

Anthony London, 54, of Oakland, California;

Kenneth V. Michael, 44, of Stockton, California;

Lamonte "Tony" Parker, 57, of Oakland, California;

Herbert Platt, 43, of Hercules, California;

Roscoe Simpson, a/k/a Malik Mohammed, 37, of Oakland, California;

Robert Russell Spence, 37, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania; and

Montel Staples, 43, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

According to the second superseding indictment, the defendants are charged with participating in a 10-year-long conspiracy to distribute cocaine and launder monetary instruments. Mitchell is charged in a separate count for attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine in 2009. Additionally, Spence is charge in a separate count for possessing with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in 2010.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of $4,000,000.00, 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 Attorneys Ross E. Lenhardt and Gregory J. Nescott are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the second superseding indictment in this case. An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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