Wilkinsburg man pleads guilty to role in crack ring tied to West End gang | TribLIVE.com

Wilkinsburg man pleads guilty to role in crack ring tied to West End gang

Michael DiVittorio

A Wilkinsburg man pleaded guilty in federal court to drug law violations in connection with his role in a crack cocaine ring with ties to the Greenway Boy Killas street gang, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Jewell Hall, 32, was among 28 suspects nabbed last summer in a wiretap probe targeting the gang also known as the GBK and the trafficking of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and heroin in Pittsburgh’s West End.

Investigators said they learned that, between November 2017 and June , Hall conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in an area the FBI referred to as the “Greenway Projects.”

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab scheduled sentencing for Nov. 12.

Bryan Smith, 24, of Pittsburgh became the first person to plead guilty in the broader drug ring case in mid-December. He faces up to 30 years in prison. Smith’s sentencing is scheduled for May 28.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Rachel Dizard and Tonya Sulia Goodman are prosecuting the case with help from the FBI, federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the state Attorney General’s Office.

Police from departments in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Robinson, Stowe, Wilkinsburg and McKees Rocks assisted in the investigation.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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