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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Drug Distributor for “SCO” Neighborhood Gang Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Braddock, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release on his conviction of narcotics trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Dorian Boyd, age 26, formerly of 524 13th Street, Braddock, PA.

According to information presented to the court, the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force conducted a long-term investigation of drug trafficking occurring in and around the Braddock section of Pittsburgh. Boyd and other individuals were identified as members and/or associates of a neighborhood based street gang, self-titled "SCO", which illegally distributed controlled substances in the greater Pittsburgh region..

In January of 2019, investigators obtained authorization to conduct a federal wire investigation, which continued through May of 2019. Boyd, along with 32 others were indicted in June of 2019 by a federal grand jury in three separate, but related, Indictments.

The Court was informed that Boyd is a close associate of SCO, including its leader, Howard McFadden and, based upon intercepted communications occurring over three telephones that were intercepted, law enforcement confirmed that Boyd was a heroin and cocaine base distributor. Boyd admitted, in conjunction with his plea, that he initially served as a runner for McFadden but, over time, he began operating one of the telephones used to communicate with drug customers that law enforcement intercepted. Boyd often directed drug customers to meet him at the Library Street basketball courts parking lot or at his residence on 13th Street where he would facilitate the drug transaction. The Court was further informed that on June 12, 2019, law enforcement seized, among other items, two firearms from Mr. Boyd’s residence, one of which was located on a bookshelf in the kitchen with a round chambered and full magazine.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the multi-agency team, which was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Moore. Partners in this investigation included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Other assisting agencies included the Monroeville Police Department, Penn Hills Police Department, Wilkinsburg Police Department, and Allegheny County Adult Probation.

This case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program, known as OCDETF. OCDETF was established in 1982 to support comprehensive investigations and prosecutions of major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. It is the keystone of the drug reduction strategy of the Department of Justice. By combining the resources and expertise of federal agencies and their state and local law enforcement partners, OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the most serious drug trafficking, money laundering, and transnational criminal organizations.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 19, 2020