PITTSBURGH, PA – A federal grand jury returned a six-count Superseding Indictment charging ten defendants from Westmoreland, Allegheny, and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania with violating the federal narcotics and firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
The Superseding Indictment charges the following individuals with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms grams or more of cocaine, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, from in and around November 2019, and continuing thereafter until in and around June 2020:
• Donald Epps, 66, of New Kensington, PA;
• Michael Glenn, 58, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Michael Turner, 49, of Wampum, PA;
• Gary Wilkinson, 58, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Dion Williams, 45, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Ivan Upsher, 59, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Gerald Bogan Jr., 41, of Pittsburgh, PA;
• Michael Jones, 70, of Monessen, PA; and
• Jeremiah Irving, 32, of New Castle, PA.
Count Two charges Michael Glenn and Timothy Harris, 58, of Pittsburgh, PA, with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as “crack”, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, from in and around November 2019, and continuing thereafter until February 2020. Donald Epps, Michael Glenn and Dion Williams are each charged with unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition as convicted felons in Counts Three, Four, and Five. Federal law prohibits felons from possessing firearms or ammunition. The sixth and final count charges Defendant Irving with possessing a quantity of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it on or about November 23, 2020.
The defendants charged in Count One of the Superseding Indictment face a maximum total sentence of not less than ten years to a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, or both. The defendants charged in Count Two of the Superseding Indictment face a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, or both. As to the firearms offenses charged in Count Three, Four, and Five of the Superseding Indictment, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, or both (Defendants Glenn and Epps could face enhanced penalties set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 924(e), which includes not 15 years to life imprisonment). As to defendant Irving charged in Count Six, the law provides for a term of imprisonment up to 20 years, a fine of up to $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history 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 multiagency investigation that also included the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.
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.
A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.