Ten Arrested and Charged following Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force Investigation into Drug Trafficking in Pittsburgh and Beyond
PITTSBURGH, PA – Ten residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have been charged in four separate, but related, Criminal Complaints with violations of the federal narcotics and firearms laws, following a months-long investigation into narcotics trafficking in the City of Pittsburgh and greater Allegheny County region, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The complaints detail the narcotics trafficking activities of several associates of a neighborhood street gang, known as "11 Hunnit" operating in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh and beyond.
"Today’s actions reflect our ongoing, sustained focus on stopping the drug traffickers who prey upon our citizens, pollute our communities and poison our neighbors," said U.S. Attorney Brady. "Federal, state and local law enforcement are united in our efforts and undeterred in our resolve to make our streets safe for all law-abiding citizens. Our resolve is unchanged by the current pandemic."
"These arrests reflect the continuing impact federal, state and local partnerships have on eradicating violent, dangerous offenders from our community," said FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Michael Christman. "I want to commend the work of the FBI's Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, which is focused on stopping violent street gangs and their movement and sale of drugs and illegal guns on our streets. We want all gang members and drug dealers out there to know our commitment to keeping our communities safe from dangerous drugs and guns will not stop."
"Drug trafficking organizations and the violence associated with those groups threaten the community," said ATF Philadelphia Field Division Special Agent in Charge Donald Robinson. "ATF is committed to keeping the public safe from the senseless violence employed by these groups, and we will always team up with our law enforcement partners to address that violence. We appreciate the dedication of our federal, state and local partners who worked tirelessly to thoroughly investigate this group and to hold the responsible individuals accountable."
The first Criminal Complaint charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (in the form commonly known as "crack") in the Western District of Pennsylvania, from in and around January 2020, and continuing thereafter until in and around May 2020:
• Phillip Robinson (aka "Pape"), age 30, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Joseph Clancy, age 46, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Tyree Campbell, age 29, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Tracy Bullock, age 51, of McKees Rocks, PA; and
• Sanzio Williams, age 31, of Pitcairn, PA.
According to this Criminal Complaint, through Title III intercepted communications, extensive physical and electronic surveillance, and other investigative techniques, beginning in January 2020, and continuing until May 2020, Robinson, Clancy, Campbell, Bullock, and Williams, and others both known and unknown, conspired to distribute crack cocaine throughout Pittsburgh, including in areas such as Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood, McKees Rocks, and other areas of Allegheny County. The investigation revealed that Clancy, identified as this organization’s source of supply of crack cocaine, directly supplied Robinson, who redistributed these narcotics, in turn, to the remaining charged co-conspirators. According to the Criminal Complaint, each of the charged Defendants has at least one prior conviction involving narcotics distribution.
The second Criminal Complaint charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin in the Western District of Pennsylvania from in and around February 2020, and continuing thereafter until March 2020:
• Andre Moore-Coleman (aka "Drizz"), age 31, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• James Bryant Jr., age 52, of McKees Rocks, PA.
According to the Criminal Complaint, through Title III intercepted communications, physical and electronic surveillance, and other investigative techniques, agents learned that Moore-Coleman – a source of supply of heroin – conspired with James Bryant Jr., and others both known and unknown to distribute heroin in Pittsburgh and McKees Rocks, PA. Similarly, both Moore-Coleman and Bryant Jr. have prior convictions involving narcotics trafficking.
The third Criminal Complaint charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine in the Western District of Pennsylvania, from in and around December 2019, and continuing thereafter until January 2020:
• Ronald Lewis III, age 32, of Turtle Creek, PA; and
• Victor Simmons, age 24, of Pittsburgh, PA.
According to the Criminal Complaint, through Title III intercepted communications, extensive physical and electronic surveillance, and other investigative methods, agents determined that Lewis III – a source of supply of crack cocaine – conspired with Simmons who, in turn, redistributed the crack cocaine he obtained from Lewis III in Pittsburgh and the greater Allegheny County area. Both Lewis III and Simmons have at least one prior conviction involving narcotics trafficking.
The fourth Criminal Complaint charges the following defendant with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon:
• Derek Calloway, age 26, of Pittsburgh, PA,
According to the Criminal Complaint, on May 13, 2020, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence resulting in the location of a semi-automatic Taurus, Model: G2C, 9mm pistol, bearing SN: TLU75088, which was loaded with 9mm caliber ammunition. Calloway has previously been convicted of multiple crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from lawfully possessing a firearm or ammunition.
With respect to Defendants Robinson, Clancy, Campbell, Bullock, Williams, Lewis III, and Simmons, each of whom is charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years of imprisonment, a fine up to $5,000,000, or both. With respect to Defendants Moore-Coleman and Bryant Jr., both of whom are charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, the law provides for a maximum sentence of not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000 or both. With respect to Defendant Calloway, the law provides for a maximum today sentenced of not more than 10 years and a fine of not to exceed 250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendants.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (Bureau of Narcotics Investigations) led the multi-agency investigation that also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. This Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (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.
A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant may not be prosecuted unless, within 30 days, a grand jury has found probable cause to believe that he is guilty of an offense.