South Huntingdon man pleads guilty to gun, drug charges
A South Huntingdon man who state Attorney General Tom Corbett described a year ago as a major cocaine supplier in the region pleaded guilty this week to two federal narcotics and firearms violations.
Rashika J. "Sheik" Porter, 33, of 2195 First St., Wyano, is facing a potential sentence of up to life in prison and a $4 million fine when he is sentenced Oct. 15 by U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose in Pittsburgh.
According to assistant U.S. attorneys Margaret E. Picking and Barbara K. Swartz, Porter, who was convicted of trafficking cocaine in Allegheny County in 2003, was found in possession of a 9 mm Glock pistol on March 27, 2007, by his parole officer. As a convicted felon, Porter is prohibited from possessing firearms.
More than a year later, on Nov. 16, 2008, Porter was arrested when police say he attempted to sell six kilograms of cocaine -- more than 13 pounds -- for $188,000 to an undercover state narcotics agent.
Porter was arrested as part of a two-year investigation that began in 2006 by the state Attorney General's office. It led to complaints against 10 other mid-level cocaine traffickers who operated in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
The charges were filed at the recommendation of a statewide investigative grand jury.
Pending sentencing, Ambrose continued Porter's detention.
In addition to agents from Corbett's office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the investigation.
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