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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to In Heroin and Crack Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Sekou Brooks, 40, of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and around December 2013, and continuing to in and around June 2014, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Brooks conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Aug. 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Troy Rivetti and Tonya Sulia Goodman are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets 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 conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brooks.

The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 7, 2016