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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Former Detroit Resident Sentenced for Role in Drug Trafficking Network

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced on a charge of violating federal narcotics trafficking laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Hasani James, 51, currently incarcerated at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 4 years’ supervised release by District Judge Robert J. Colville.

In conjunction with the sentencing hearing, the Court was informed that the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted a long-term investigation into drug-trafficking activity occurring in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Law enforcement identified several individuals, suspected at the time, of illegally distributing controlled substances, including methamphetamine in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Erie, Fayette, and Washington Counties.

Investigators identified James, who resided in Detroit at the time of the conspiracy, as a cocaine source of supply for among others, co-defendant Bill Rana, who was a “fully patched” member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club and Sergeant of Arms for the Pittsburgh Chapter. Over the course of the conspiracy, James was responsible for or could otherwise reasonably foresee the distribution of at least, 500 grams but less than 2 kilograms of cocaine.

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

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, and Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of James.

This sentencing was the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated September 30, 2022