However, back in the real world under President Donald Trump, a federal law enforcement initiative dubbed Operation Gang Green successfully smashed part of a cocaine distribution by an organized crime street gang who have — and have continued — their infiltration of the United States..
A gang member from Pittsburgh, PA, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to United States Attorney Scott W. Brady on Tuesday. The captured suspect, 37-year-old Marvin Younger pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2019, to both counts before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with his guilty plea, the court was advised that in 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiated a wiretap investigation, primarily targeting the GBK street gang and drug trafficking in and around an area in Pittsburgh known as the Greenway Projects, located in the west side of the City.
The investigation that included wiretaps revealed that from November 2017 through June 2018, Marvin Younger conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possessed cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court continued the defendant’s detention. Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for July 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Assistant United States Attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Rachael Dizard were the prosecutors on this case.
The FBI and the DEA jointly led the multi-agency investigation “Operation Gang Green”, 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 the prosecution of Marvin Younger.
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.
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