Forty‑one Members or Associates of the Manchester OG’s Charged with Federal Drug Crimes and Federal Firearm Violations

U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania on June 15, 2011 released the following press release:

“PITTSBURGH, JUNE 15, 2011 ‑ Forty‑one members or associates of the Manchester OG’s, a large and violent heroin trafficking organization operating primarily on Pittsburgh’s North Side, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal narcotics trafficking and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

According to U.S. Attorney Hickton, “Previously, we advised the violent criminals who tyrannize the neighborhoods and towns in our District that we know who you are; we are coming for you; and it is only a matter of when not if we catch you and disrupt and prosecute your criminal activity. Today’s superseding indictment underscores our commitment. These indictments and other prosecutions reflect the priority of this Office to dedicate our resources to disrupt and ultimately neutralize the criminals who have taken our neighborhoods from us with their crime and violence.”

An eight‑count superseding indictment, returned on June 7, and unsealed today, names 19 defendants: Harold Bacon, Andre Allen, Marcus Allen, Clayton Bonner, Samuel Crawford, Dawn Freeman, Kalan Jones, Denorris Mahone, III, Clarence Thompson, Richard Wagner, Gregory Washington, Eric Bosh, Danielle Krawchick, Sirblue Martin, Dorian Owens, Eugene Ralph, Kevin Richardson, Duane Scott, and Deian Wofford.

According to the superseding indictment, from January 2010 to March 3, 2011, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the defendants conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. In addition, the superseding indictment charges Bacon, Mahone, III, Andre Allen, and Freeman with distributing and/or possessing heroin with intent to distribute it. The superseding indictment also charges Bacon and Freeman with possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.

A separate, but related 21‑count superseding indictment, returned on June 7, and unsealed today, names 24 defendants: Jeremiah Manghan, Andre Allen, Devon Baskin, Keenan Black, Clayton Bonner, John Burton, Randale Chapman, Daniel Coker, Eric Durah, James Ellis, Robert Good, Lamont Hunter, Sondra Hunter, Robert Jennings, Chawna Manghan, Jordan McKoy, Deron Nixon, Nico Nixon, David White, Marcus Williams, Sade Frazier, Kayla Jefferson, Danielle Johnson, and Paul Wilkins.

According to the superseding indictment, from January 2010 to March 3, 2011, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, 21 of the 24 defendants conspired to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. In addition, the superseding indictment charges Chawna Manghan with maintaining a drug‑involved premises, and Jeremiah Manghan, Marcus Williams, Devon Baskin, Deron Nixon, Randale Chapman, Keenan Black, Sondra Hunter, James Ellis, Sade Frazier, Chawna Manghan, and Danielle Johnson with distributing and/or possessing heroin with intent to distribute. The superseding indictment also charges Devon Baskin, Deron Nixon, Randale Chapman, Keenan Black, Danielle Johnson, and Jeremiah Manghan with possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes; Eric Durah, Devon Baskin, Randale Chapman, and Keenan Black with possessing firearms after felony convictions; and Jeremiah Manghan with receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentences imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal histories, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Ross Township Police Department, the Canonsburg Police Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department investigated this case.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

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