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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 10, 2019

Philadelphia Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

PITTSBURGH, PA – On May 8, 2019, two former residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count Indictment names Jermaine Kyle Clark, age 41, and Terry Suggs, Jr., age 34, as co-defendants. According to the Indictment, which was returned five days after a federal criminal complaint was filed, from February 24, 2019, to February 25, 2019, Clark and Suggs conspired to distribute and each possessed with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine and 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

According to the Affidavit in Support of the Criminal Complaint, on February 25, 2019, investigators with the Allegheny County District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement Team (D.A.N.E.T), conducted a controlled purchase and delivery operation, relating to an ongoing investigation into drug-trafficking activity coming from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Allegheny County. As a result of this investigation, law enforcement apprehended Clark and Suggs with approximately 23 separate, clear vacuum sealed packages, containing a white powdery substance, believed to be approximately 23 kilograms of cocaine, which were located within hidden compartments in the vehicles driven by the defendants. Additionally, in the vehicle operated by Suggs, investigators seized $8,060.00.

If convicted, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Allegheny County District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement Team made the initial arrest on February 25, 2019, relating to the charges set forth in the Indictment, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated May 10, 2019