Two Convicted at Trial on Cocaine Charges
PITTSBURGH, PA – Two Southwestern Pennsylvania residents have been convicted in federal court for violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Damien Gibson, age 44, formerly of McKeesport, Pennsylvania was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or less of cocaine. Keith Thomas, age 33, Uniontown, Pennsylvania was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or less of cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charges in the indictment arose from a court authorized Title III wiretap investigation. Jury selection began on August 20, 2018. United States District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon presided over the trial.
The jury was advised that both defendants engaged in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Fayette County to Allegheny County. The cocaine source of supply was Domin Guerrero-Guerrero, a former resident of New York City.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for January 16, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $2,000,000, 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 defendants.
Judge Bissoon ordered that both defendants be detained pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. 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.