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New Castle Cocaine Distributor Sentenced to 12½ Years in Federal Prison

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

PITTSBURGH - A Lawrence County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 150 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Horan imposed the sentence on Dondi Searcy Jr., age, 37, formerly of New Castle, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Searcy Jr. conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Intercepted communications revealed Dondi Searcy Jr’s role in a large-scale cocaine distribution based out of the New Castle, Pennsylvania area. Searcy Jr. and his conspirators arranged for cocaine to be transported, primarily through the United States Mail, from California to the New Castle area, where Searcy, Jr. and his conspirators distributed the cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This prosecution is a 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.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Castle Police Department, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Searcy Jr.

Updated August 4, 2022

Drug Trafficking