Two Charged in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy
PITTSBURGH – One Pennsylvania resident and one New York resident have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of federal narcotics trafficking violations, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.
The two-count indictment, returned on February 28, named Raymontell Cooper, 42, of West Mifflin, Pa., and Derek Williams, 46, of the Bronx, NY, as the defendants.
According to the indictment, from in or around the beginning of February 2017, and continuing until February 16, 2017, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Raymontell Cooper and Derek Williams conspired to distribute and attempted to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
The law provides for a maximum 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 would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Rachael L. Dizard is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration 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.