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Former gang member pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

Chuck Biedka
| Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

A former Pittsburgh gang member pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh Thursday to gun and drug charges.

Monty Grinage, 39, a former member of Lightfoot/Mendoza DTO gang, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to have cocaine and distribute five kilograms or more of the drug as well one count having a gun even though he is a felon who cannot legally have one.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Grinage was a co-conspirator in one of the largest drug trafficking conspiracies in Western Pennsylvania history.

Grinage conspired with multiple people to import multiple kilograms of cocaine into this region.

Grinage would personally receive large amounts of cocaine and redistribute it by selling the drug to other co-conspirators. Grinage acknowledged that he was responsible for up to 50 kilograms - 110 pounds - of cocaine.

Grinage also pleaded guilty to having a 9mm handgun when investigators from the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at his home in December 2017.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak scheduled sentencing for Dec. 14.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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