Three Charged in Cocaine Trafficking Scheme
PITTSBURGH - Two Pennsylvania men and a resident of Texas have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The three-count indictment named William E. Wilson, Jr., 42, of Penn Hills, Pa.; Leland Ty Cobbs, 42, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Faustino Rodriguez Hernandez a/k/a David Chavez Carbajal, 36, of Conroe, Texas, as defendants.
According to the indictment, on or about April 23, 2013, the defendants conspired with one another, and with others, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. Additionally, the indictment alleges that on or about April 23, 2013, the defendants distributed and possessed with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
The indictment also charges that on or about April 23, 2013, Wilson, Jr., being a convicted felon, illegally possessed a Glock, .40 caliber pistol and a Springfield XDm .45 caliber pistol. 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 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 Katherine A. King is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team (DANET), the Swissvale Police Department and the Penn Hills Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.