Clearfield Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.
Tyrieke Hammonds, age 26, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in May of 2021, the Allegheny County Police were assisting the Clairton Police in an attempt to stop some of the shootings in that area that attributable to gang violence. On May 13, 2021, Allegheny County Police detective were patrolling in Clairton after a shooting earlier that day when they approached the defendant’s vehicle, which was also occupied by three other individuals, including Jamiel Green, who had two outstanding active warrants for his arrest.
As the detectives approached Hammonds’ vehicle to arrest Green, Green got of the vehicle and began to run. A detective tased him and found a gun on his person. At that time Green had two prior felony convictions, including an illegal gun possession conviction. When the detectives went back to Hammonds’ vehicle, the detectives smelled marijuana and observed that each of the three remaining occupants had a loaded firearm. A later search revealed three loaded firearms, more than $10,000 in cash, marijuana, and approximately 13 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and cocaine.
Hammonds later admitted to possession of a firearm and that he was an unlawful user of marijuana. Federal law prohibits unlawful users of marijuana from possessing firearms.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for August 23, 2023. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Allegheny County Police, with assistance from the Clairton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Hammonds.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.