Turtle Creek Brothers Charged with Violating Federal Drug, Gun and Witness Tampering Laws
PITTSBURGH – Two residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug, firearms, and witness tampering laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The six-count Indictment, returned on June 13 and unsealed today, named brothers Julian Gray, age 26, and Brandon Gray, age 24, both of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, as the defendants.
According to the Indictment, on April 24, 2018, Julian Gray and Brandon Gray conspired with each other and others to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute quantities of heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base. The Indictment also alleges that on April 24, 2018, Julian Gray possessed a Ruger .380 LCP caliber handgun; a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun; and, a black .22 caliber rifle bearing, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The Indictment further alleges that on April 24, 2018, Brandon Gray possessed a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle, after having been convicted of a previous felony offense (robbery). Lastly, the Indictment alleges that from April 25, 2018, to June 6, 2018, Julian and Brandon Gray did knowingly corruptly persuade a person whose identity is known to the grand jury, and attempt to do so, with the intent to hinder and prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer of information relating to the commission of a Federal offense.
Julian Gray faces a maximum total penalty of up to life imprisonment, a fine of $2,500,000, or both. Brandon Gray faces a maximum total penalty of up to 70 years’ imprisonment, a fine of $2,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive (ATF) conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case with valuable assistance from the Wilkins Township Police. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
An Indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.