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17 indicted in suspected Western Pennsylvania cocaine ring

Dillon Carr
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Seventeen members of a drug ring spanning four states have been indicted on 34 counts involving a scheme to deliver cocaine to the Pittsburgh area and other states, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Friday.

“This is one of the largest cocaine distribution rings in Western Pennsylvania,” Brady said in a news release.

Thirteen people of the 17 involved are from Western Pennsylvania.

The “kingpin” was identified as Hector Forbes, 45, of Pomona, Calif. who was arrested in Florida on May 10 along with Marcia Cunningham, 51, of Plantation, Fla. Other suspects are from Western Pennsylvania.

Forbes faces charges of running a criminal enterprise involved in cocaine trafficking from April 2017 to April 2019, conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, money laundering, racketeering and using false names.

If convicted, Forbes could spend anywhere from 30 years to a lifetime in prison.

Cunningham faces charges of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, money laundering, racketeering and using false names.

Brady said Forbes and Cunningham used up to 11 names with various addresses between them to sell and distribute cocaine.

The duo was part of an eight-count indictment where five other people were charged with related crimes.

Those people include:

• Timothy Bonner, 38, of Crafton who was charged with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possessing with intent to deliver less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

• Garfield Campbell, 44, of Duquesne Heights. Authorities said he also went by the name of “Sean Grant.” He was charged with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, attempting to possess in order to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

• Garfield Campbell, Jr., 22, of Duquesne Heights. Authorities said he also went by “Theo Campbell” and is Campbell’s son. He was charged with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

• Robert Forbes, 44, of Dormont. Authorities said he also went by “Danial Kirkpatrick” and “Joe.” He is Hector Forbes’ brother. He was charged with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, money laundering and racketeering.

• Anthony Portis, Jr., 36 of Larimer. He was charged with conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

Another indictment contained 24 charges of drug-trafficking related crimes and included nine people who worked together to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams suspected crack. All of them, listed below, were arrested May 13, except for Wesley Cox and Sergio Murillo, who were already in custody:

• Fawn Cox, 40, of New Castle. She was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

• Wesley Cox, 37, of New Castle. Authorities said he also went by the name of Michael Deshawn Carter. He was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, distributing and possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine and fentanyl and money laundering.

• Michael Cox, 48, of New Castle. He was charged with money laundering.

• Ronny Daniels Jr., 36, of New Castle. Authorities said he also went by the name of “Moocher.” He was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

• Sergio Murillo, 45, of Detroit. He was charged with attempting to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

• Eva Scialabba, 32, of Beaver Falls. She was charged with possessing with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams suspected crack

• Dondi Searcy Jr., 34, of New Castle. Authorities said he also went by the name of “Little Dondi.” He was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

• Quantel Searcy, 45, of New Castle. He was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

• Christopher Shaner, 24, of New Castle. He was charged with possessing with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams suspected crack.

A third indictment included two charges against Rondell Palmer, 47, of Pontiac, Mich. Both charges were for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Brady said the arrests and charges were made after an 18 month-long investigation led by a Drug Enforcement Administration task force comprised of various local, state and federal agencies.

Brady said the DEA task force, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, supplies federal funding and coordination that allows state and federal agencies to work together to investigate and prosecute major drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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