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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 80 months in prison, to be followed by a term of five years’ supervised release, on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder cocaine and crack cocaine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Christopher James Brooks, 34, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, from October 2013, and continuing to in and around April 2014, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Brooks conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of powder cocaine, and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. In addition, during that same time frame, Brooks and several of his co-conspirators possessed firearms in furtherance of that drug trafficking.

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

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.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended 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 Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Brooks.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 15, 2016