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Federal juries convict two of selling large amount of cocaine across Allegheny County

September 19, 2018

A man from McKeesport and a second from Uniontown were convicted Monday in federal court in Pittsburgh for conspiring to sell cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said Damien Gibson, 44, formerly of Rogena Street in McKeesport, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute up to 500 grams of cocaine. Gibson also was convicted of cocaine possession with intent to distribute it.

Keith Thomas, 33, formerly of Wayne Street in Uniontown, was convicted of the same charges.

Five hundred grams is almost 18 ounces.

The charges in the indictment arose from a court-authorized wiretap investigation.

The men engaged in a drug conspiracy that stretched from Fayette County to Allegheny County. Federal authorities said the cocaine was supplied to the pair by a former New York City resident.

Judge Cathy Bissoon scheduled sentencing for Gibson and Thomas for Jan. 16.

Both will remain in prison pending sentencing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation.

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