10 Indicted on Drug and Firearms Charges
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Eight residents of western Pennsylvania and two residents of Detroit, Mich., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The 16-count superseding indictment names:
- Javon Harvey, 36, formerly West Bloomfield, Mich., and currently incarcerated;
- Terrell Williams, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pa.;
- Carl Thompson, 34, formerly of Detroit, Mich., and currently incarcerated;
- Demetrious Levy, 42, formerly of Washington, Pa., and currently incarcerated;
- Keontae Spears, 29, formerly of North Versailles, Pa., and currently incarcerated;
- Tierone Barnes, 30, formerly of Washington, Pa., and currently incarcerated;
- Brandon Wise, 29, formerly of Washington, Pa, and currently incarcerated;
- Ronald Glass, 42, of Washington, Pa.;
- Jamie Argyle, 24, of Duquesne, Pa., and currently incarcerated; and
- Donte Newton, 28, formerly of Monessen, Pa., and currently incarcerated.
According to the superseding indictment, from in and around June 2011 and continuing thereafter to in and around May 2012, Harvey, Williams, Thompson, Levy, Spears, Barnes, Wise, Glass, Argyle, and Newton conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. Additionally, Levy is charged with nine separate instances of distributing less than 100 grams of heroin in and around Washington, Pa.; Demetrious Levy, Keontae Spears, and Brandon Wise are charged with one count each of possession of a firearm and/or ammunition by a convicted felon; and Javon Harvey, Demetrious Levy, and Brandon Wise are charged with one count each of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The law provides for a sentence of not less than 10 years to a maximum of 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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the superseding indictment in this case.
A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.