PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and a resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. This Indictment is related to four previous Indictments of 22 individuals, and a months-long investigation into the narcotics trafficking activities of several associates of a neighborhood street gang, known as “11 Hunnit” operating in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh and beyond.
The three-count Indictment named Brandon Quinn, 32, of Beaver Falls, and Jeremiah Irving, 31, of New Castle.
According to Indictment, Quinn and Irving conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and each is further charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, in the form commonly known as “crack”.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to forty years in prison, a fine of not more than $5,000,000 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.
Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (Bureau of Narcotics Investigations) led the multi-agency investigation that also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. This Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (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.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.