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Description: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with distributing drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began investigating a cocaine and fentanyl trafficking organization that operated throughout the United States, including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico. Beginning in December of 2019 and continuing through August of 2020, the DEA received authorization to conduct a Title III wiretap investigation into the organization. Michael Talbert, age 43, as a member of this multistate drug trafficking organization, was intercepted discussing the distribution of cocaine throughout the Western District of Pennsylvania. In addition to the intercepted communications, agents seized cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana, firearms, and bulk United States Currency from members of the organization, including Talbert.
Assistant United States Attorney Mark V. Gurzo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended the DEA in Pittsburgh, PA; the DEA, Columbus, OH; the DEA, Harrisburg, PA; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Pittsburgh, PA; HSI, Orlando, FL; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations; United States Postal Service, Columbus, Ohio; Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General; Lawrence County Drug Task Force – Special Investigations Unit; and New Castle Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Talbert.
21 U.S.C. 846 CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE AND POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 5 KILOGRAMS OR MORE OF COCAINE, A SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Outcome: As to a lesser included offense of Count 1 of the Indictment, Defendant sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by 8 years of supervised release. Mandatory $100 special assessment imposed. Fine waived for inability to pay. Restitution not applicable. Forfeiture ordered.