Penn Hills man pleads guilty to gun and drug charges in federal court
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
A Penn Hills man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges in federal court.
John Saban, 51, admitted to conspiring with others to ship cocaine from Las Vegas using Federal Express and United Parcel Service. He also pleaded guilty to money laundering and carrying a gun while trafficking in drugs.
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled both sentencings for Dec. 3.
Drug investigators intercepted Saban on July 14, 2011, when he showed up at a Federal Express facility in Van Nuys, Calif., to pick up a package containing about $32,000, according to an affidavit by DEA Special Agent Kevin Black.
A subsequent search of his 2011 Ford Explorer turned up another $252,000, and further intercepted packages and phone taps filled in the gaps of the investigation, the affidavit says.
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