Convicted drug dealer sentenced to jail term

| Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

A Nottingham Township man, described as a major drug dealer in the Mon Valley, will be going to a state prison.

Daniel Young, 40, of 2671 Route 136, was sentenced Thursday to 12 to 24 years in jail by Washington County Judge Janet Moschetta Bell for his conviction on 38-drug related charges.

Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani described Young as a "major player" in the Mon Valley's drug trade.

Young was convicted on June 16 by a Washington County jury on nine counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), 10 counts of possession of controlled substance, 10 counts of possession with the intent to deliver, and nine counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

Young was arrested on Jan. 18, 2010, after a targeted investigation in the Mon Valley of the cocaine trade.

When arrested outside of his mother's home in Monongahela, he possessed approximately half an ounce of cocaine packaged for sale and cash.

"Dan Young was a high level cocaine dealer who thought he could poison the community without consequence," Toprani said.

"Today's sentence demonstrates that those who believe that they can operate above the law and destroy the fabric our community will suffer the consequences."

Detectives said they believed Young had been selling drugs for the last 15 years.


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