The Pittsburgh man is sentenced to five years in jail for promoting cocaine within the GBK gang ring that was caught by an FBI wiretap probe
A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in selling cocaine for a drug ring linked to a street gang in the city’s West End, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Marshinneah Manning, 28, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, according to acting US attorney Stephen R, after he was caught among more than two dozen in an FBI-led wiretapping investigation of the gang known as Greenway Boy Killas or GBK Kaufman had been.
The investigation, which ran from November 2017 to June 2018, found that Manning had plotted to sell more than 28 grams of cracked cocaine.
On June 20, 2018, a federal grand jury accused 28 members of the GBK gang of conspiring to sell large quantities of crack cocaine as well as powder cocaine and heroin.
At least a dozen of the defendants have since pleaded guilty, court records show.
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FBI agent in charge Bob Jones said law enforcement should act as a warning to other street gang members and violent criminals.
“We want to make this clear to other gangs operating in our communities: we are coming for you and the violence will not be tolerated,” Jones said in a statement.
In addition to the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kaufman praised the support of the Pittsburgh, Robinson, Stowe, Wilkinsburg, McKees Rocks, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office police.
US assistant attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Yvonne M. Saadi are pursuing the case.
The investigation was funded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which provides money for federal and state agencies to work together on cases involving large-scale drug trafficking and criminal corporations.
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