Area drug raids were 13 months in the making

| Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

A 13-month investigation resulted in this week's drug raids in eastern Allegheny County, Pittsburgh's top federal prosecutor said.

The investigation ... revealed the existence of several overlapping and interrelated cocaine distribution networks,• U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said Wednesday.

Hickton said a federal grand jury returned indictments a week ago against 42 people, 11 of them from Clairton, charging them with conspiracy to distribute both powder and crack cocaine. As of Wednesday afternoon, 30 were arrested or already in custody prior to Tuesday's raids, and 12 more remained at large.

"The investigation began in Clairton and branched out to encompass McKeesport, Duquesne, Penn Hills, Monroeville, Wilkinsburg, Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga.,"• the U.S. attorney said. "(It) targeted a large number of individuals, some indicted and others still under investigation.

Indictments were grouped in four separate but related lists. All 11 Clairton residents indicted among 42 listed by the U.S. attorney are on a three-count indictment.

They are Dwayne L. Jackson, 47; Aretha L. Smith, 31; Walter L. Seibels, 43; Derrick Middlebrook, 21; Corey L. Jackson, 25; Brian F. Jackson, 26, Anthony M. Jamison, 21; Paul M. Jamison, 54; Skylar Rashaud Simmons, 21; Tehiran L. McDougald, 34; and Bradley Dawkins, 21.

Dwayne Jackson was indicted for possession with intent to distribute both powder and crack cocaine and for a conspiracy allegedly perpetrated from November 2009 to June with the other Clairton residents and Walter F. Thompson, 55, of McKeesport.

Two of those lists covered superseding indictments and included names also issued in a list Tuesday by state Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Arthur D. Gilbert, also known as Abdul Kareem Ali, 41, of the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Arthur Brown, 45, of Pittsburgh, were indicted both by Corbett's statewide investigating grand jury and Hickton's federal grand jury. Gilbert/Ali and Brown each face federal conspiracy charges.

Dietrick Bostick, 43, of Monroeville, was not listed as among those indicted by Corbett's jury but Corbett said Bostick stored cocaine shipped from Atlanta or Dallas in his home.

Bostick was indicted by Hickton's jury on counts of conspiring with Gilbert, Brown and five others to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine between July and October.

The others were identified as Dominique Jackson, 23, and Christopher Stanley, 30, of Denton, Texas, near Dallas; Melinda Octavia Adams, 40, and Alimamy Saidu Timbo, 32, of Pittsburgh; and Michael Fancher, 38, of Wilmerding.

Bostick also was indicted by the federal jury on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.

Named in a five-count superseding indictment were Jonathan Huston, 40, of McKeesport; Demond Briston, 38, of Munhall; Easton Cannon, 35, and Thysis Walker, 34, both of Mt. Oliver; and Brian K. Boyd, 38, of Penn Hills.

Boyd is the key name in that list, facing a count of illegal possession of a firearm. He also is charged along with the others with cocaine possession on a number of occasions between April and August.

Huston owns a bar along Lysle Boulevard in McKeesport. Hickton said the indictments seek forfeiture allegations against the bar, as well as another real estate property, a car, a sport utility vehicle and two motorcycles.

The rest of the alleged Mon-Yough connection found in the federal indictments was listed as facing one count apiece of conspiracy to distribute cocaine between February and October.

Named in that group are Cedric L. Mack, 32, Devron M. Peterson, 28, and Joseph D. Mack, 29, of McKeesport; Dewayne Joseph, 27, Melvin L. Walker, 27, Frank M. Cobb, 29, Orlando Cobbs, 31, and Brian Michael Knight, 46, of Duquesne; Omar R. Chapman, 24, Lamothe M. Meggett III, 25, and Richard D. Jasek, 27, of West Mifflin; Timothy J. Anderson, 21, of Brentwood; Andre J. Jackson, 32, and Keith E. Redman, 34, of Pittsburgh; Javona M. Joseph, 26, of Wilkinsburg; Eric G. Gaines, 39, of Verona; and Damel M. Gaines, 32, of Penn Hills.

Hickton was joined at his news conference by McKeesport police Chief Bryan J. Washowich, Clairton police Chief Robert Hoffman, FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Michael A. Rodriguez, Capt. Sheldon Epstein of Pennsylvania State Police and Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt, Sheriff William Mullen and Housing Authority police Chief Mike Vogel.

He also thanked Munhall and Pittsburgh police, the state attorney general's office, FBI offices in Dallas and Atlanta and the U.S. Marshal's Office for their cooperation.

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