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North Braddock drug suspect on run since 2001 arrested

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Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 6:01 p.m.

A North Braddock man on the run since he was charged in 2001 with being a member of a multimillion-dollar Mon Valley drug ring was arrested in Swissvale on Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.

Task force members arrested Neal Jones, 56, about 12:30 p.m. on Noble Street, said Michael Baughman, chief deputy U.S. Marshal. Jones was carrying a phony identification card from the state of California, Baughman said.

Jones was among 10 accused members of Tremayne “Munch” Briston's drug ring the state Attorney General's Office narcotics investigators charged in February 2001. The ring was accused of distributing $7 million in drugs during a three-year investigation.

Prosecutors withdrew most of the charges against Briston after New Jersey authorities charged him in a drug-related slaying there. Briston is serving a sentence of 17 to 20 years in prison in that state for his conviction on a charge of aggravated manslaughter, court records show.

Task force members also arrested a fugitive from Ohio in Washington County, Baughman said.

Randy Albertson, 37, is charged with gross sexual imposition and endangering the welfare of children in Clinton County, Ohio, Baughman said.

Task force members arrested him about 10:30 a.m. on Wheeling Street in Washington, Baughman said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at

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