Two Plead Guilty in West End Drug Case
PITTSBURGH – Two residents of Pittsburgh, PA, have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges arising from a wiretap investigation into drug trafficking in Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Jaamiyl Dean, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking before Senior United States District Judge Reggie B. Walton. Tyree Davis, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a quantity of crack cocaine before Senior Untied States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with the guilty pleas, the court was advised that in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated a wiretap investigation, primarily targeting the GBK street gang and drug trafficking in and around an area known as the Greenway Projects, located in the West End of the City of Pittsburgh. Jaamiyl Dean was intercepted over the wiretap discussing drug transactions. When agents executed a search warrant at Dean’s home and vehicle on June 20, 2018, they recovered, among other things, two firearms, several rounds of ammunition, drug packaging materials, and over $64,000 in cash. Dean has previously been convicted of a felony offense, and was prohibited from possessing the firearms. The wiretap investigation also revealed that from in and around November 2017 through in and around June 2018, Tyree Davis and his co-conspirators distributed crack cocaine in and around the area of the Greenway Projects.
Judge Walton scheduled sentencing for Jaamiyl Dean for Nov. 8, 2019, at 9 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for Tyree Davis for Nov. 25, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, both defendants will remain detained.
Assistant United States Attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Yvonne Saadi are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration jointly led the multi-agency investigation, which also included the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Robinson Township Police Department, Stowe Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Wilkinsburg Borough Police Department, and the McKees Rocks Police Department, that led to these prosecutions.
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.