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27 indicted on federal drug and money laundering crimes

Michael DiVittorio

A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted 27 people in U.S. District Court on multiple counts of drug possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and fentanyl and other crimes.

Court papers indicate the eight-count indictment was under seal Tuesday, Jan. 8 and unsealed Friday, Jan. 11.

The defendants are alleged to have conspired to deal the controlled substances from January 2017 to this month.

Other crimes listed in the indictment include conspiracy to commit money laundering and interstate travel or transmission in aid of racketeering.

One of the defendants is Noah Landfried of Moon Township. He and his brother, Ross Landfried III, also of Moon, and among the recently indicted, were sentenced by federal judge in Illinois in 2010 for leading a marijuana ring from Mexico to Pittsburgh.

Noah Landfried was to serve life in prison and Landfried III 20 years.

The Landfrieds set up a ring that hired couriers to transport 200-pound loads of marijuana from Mexico to Pittsburgh along the Interstate 80 corridor between 2002 and 2009, prosecutors said at the time. The organization bought or leased homes along the interstate to help in moving the marijuana, prosecutors said.

Other defendants listed in the indictment are Mario Allen, Larry Benavides, Dashawn Burley, Michel Cercone, Ahmad Fletcher, Michael Frawley, Christopher Gahagan, Richard Georgelos, Nicholas Giammichele, Robert Korbe, Priyanka Kumar, Sterling Marshall, Darren Martin, Harold Novick, Paul Nuara, Omari Patton, James Perry, John Ramsey, Donnell Steward, Quoc Boa Trinh, Angelo Williams, Terrell Williams, Richard Wood, Shayla Yates and Krystian Zarate.

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

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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