U.S. Attorney Announces Unsealing of Indictment Charging 16 Individuals with Cocaine Trafficking
PITTSBURGH, PA – A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has returned an Indictment following a five-month long Title III wiretap investigation into a drug trafficking organization. The indictment charges 16 individuals residing across five states - Pennsylvania, Georgia, California, Virginia, and Michigan - with violations of federal drug laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
The four-count Indictment, returned on Dec. 7 and unsealed today, names the following 16 individuals as the defendants:
- Jamal Stoner, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Gordon Johnson, 36, of Atlanta, Georgia
- Bobby Jordan, 34, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
- Daniel Johnson, 56, of North Versailles, Pennsylvania
- Wilbert Corley, 34, of Stone Mountain, Georgia
- Kory Singleton, 31, of Stone Mountain, Georgia
- Quamar Linton, 36, of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
- Jesus Cuevas, 41, of Atlanta, Georgia
- Mary Hester, 45, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Kerby Singleton, 30, of Lithonia, Georgia
- Jarviair Jackson, 35, of Douglasville, Georgia
- Paula Crowell, 31, of Sterling Heights, Michigan
- Peter Dawson, 54, of Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Gerard Riley, 50, of Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Quincy Rogers, 35, of Brookhaven, Georgia
- John Heath, 32, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
According to the Indictment, from September 2020 through November 2021, the above-named persons did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully conspire with persons both known and unknown to the grand jury, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. Additionally, in September 2021, Stoner Dawson, and Riley are alleged to have knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possessed with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of more of cocaine. The Indictment further alleges that, in October 2021, Kory Singleton did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and that, in November 2021, Jordan did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of assets alleged to be the proceeds of unlawful drug activity, including: $130,000 seized on July 16, 2021; $37,000 seized on August 25, 2021; and $238,480 seized on September 27, 2021.
“These individuals are charged with the trafficking and distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine from the source cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Detroit, Michigan, to the streets of Allegheny County,” said U.S. Attorney Chung. “My office will continue to dismantle drug trafficking networks that poison our communities and threaten the safety of our citizens.”
“These defendants stand accused of distributing significant amounts of cocaine not only across Western Pennsylvania but across other states to include California,” said Paris S. Pratt, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Pittsburgh District Office. “This indictment represents the joint efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies working together to target drug-trafficking organizations that threaten our region.”
“Illegal drug trafficking not only affects the lives of the addicts and their families, but it also negatively impacts the community as a whole,” said Yury Kruty, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation. “My office will continue working with our law enforcement partners to bring charges against individuals who commit crimes like these.”
"Our agents work in coordination with our law enforcement partners to stop these drug trafficking rings and hold their leaders accountable for pumping poison into our streets," said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. "We will continue to do this important work across Pennsylvania to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe."
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Chief, Scott Schubert added, “Once again, established relationships with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners have resulted in valuable intelligence-gathering and teamwork. I commend all of the agencies involved for their diligence and expertise. When communication and information-sharing crosses state lines, the outcome is safer communities and lives saved.”
For all defendants, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years in prison and up to life, a fine of no greater than $10,000,000.00, a term of supervised release of at least five years, or a combination thereof. 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.
Assistant United States Attorney Katherine C. Jordan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania State Police, New Castle Police Department, Allegheny County Police Department, Robinson Township Police Department, Monessen Police Department and Walton County, Georgia Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.