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Former Station Square Club Owner and Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More Prison Time for Repeat Drug Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and six years of supervised released on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Honorable Joy Flowers Conti sentenced Vernon Jackson, 50, after his guilty plea in May of this year. Jackson’s supervised release violation for committing this offense while on federal supervised release is still pending and will be determined at a later date.

According to information provided to the court, on or about March 8, 2018, detectives from the City of Pittsburgh Police Narcotics and Vice Unit executed a search warrant at Vernon Jackson’s residence in Brookline. Jackson was the only occupant at the home at the time of the search. Detectives recovered multiple bags of cocaine, two digital scales, and drug packaging material from the kitchen of the home. Jackson, the former owner of Chauncy’s in Station Square, was on federal supervised release at the time of the execution of the search warrant for a prior federal conviction. Jackson was originally sentenced to 151 months on that offense but his sentence was reduced resulting in his early release.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jackson. The task force is headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is comprised of members drawn from the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Updated November 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking