Ten Charged in DEA-Led Drug Trafficking Scheme
PITTSBURGH - On Nov. 8, 2012, 10 people were indicted in a superseding indictment by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics, money laundering and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The four-count superseding indictment named:
- Randee Gilliam, 46, of Tucker, Georgia;
- Dorian Gilliam, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia;
- John Saban a/k/a Old Dude, 51, of Penn Hills, Pa.;
- Arlen Smith a/k/a Terry, 41, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
- Courtney Wallace a/k/a Court, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
- Kevin McKinzie, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
- Lamont Wright a/k/a Whitey, a/k/a Mont, 39, of Penn Hills, Pa.;
- Genaro Coleman a/k/a Nardo, 39, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
- Eric Campbell a/k/a Grayhead, 39, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and
- Frederick Ellis, 39, of Canonsburg, Pa., as defendants.
According to the superseding 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.
Additionally, from in or around July 2011, and continuing thereafter to on or about March 20, 2012, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, defendants Randee Gilliam, Dorian Gilliam and John Saban conspired with each other to launder the proceeds of the illegal drug trafficking.
The superseding indictment also charges that on or about March 16, 2012, John Saban carried a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Finally, on or about March 16, 2012, Genaro Coleman a/k/a Nardo, being a convicted felon, illegally possessed two firearms. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, 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 and is comprised of members drawn from the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, 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.