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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Man to 7-Year Prison Term in Cross-Country Crack Cocaine Distribution Scheme

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to 7 years and one month in prison on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on John Alexander, age 53.

According to information presented to the Court, in 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies joined forces in a multi-agency wiretap investigation of drug trafficking and violence in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, PA. The interception of wire and electronic communications began in December 2013 and continued through the end of August 2014. During that timeframe, John Alexander was intercepted over the wire conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute crack cocaine, which was shipped from California in powder form to the Western District of Pennsylvania through the United States Postal Service or commercial carrier.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak stated that the sentence was sufficient but not greater than necessary to fulfill the purposes of sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Street Task Force, Wilkinsburg Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Munhall Police Department, Duquesne Police Department, Monroeville Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, West Mifflin Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Alexander.

Drug Trafficking
Updated November 14, 2018