Erie Gang Member Caught Selling Crack Cocaine
ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Paris Xavier Boyd, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that the FBI’s Erie Area Gang Law Enforcement (EAGLE), Safe Streets task force conducted an investigation into the drug dealing and violent crime activity of members of a local gang identifying itself as "1800". The court was advised that court authorized intercepts of telephone communications between members of the group and others revealed Boyd selling crack cocaine in the Erie area. The court was advised that Boyd took over the role as the crack cocaine distributor when another member of the group was arrested after shooting at rival gang members in Erie. Boyd pleaded guilty to conspiring with his co-defendants to possess with intent to distribute and distribute the crack cocaine.
Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for October 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court continued Boyd on bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The EAGLE task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Erie Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Boyd. The Erie County District Attorney’s County Detectives Bureau also assisted in the investigation.