For Immediate Release
3 Men Charged in Cocaine Trafficking Scheme
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Two Miami, FL residents and a resident of Philadelphia, PA have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The two-count superseding indictment named Danny Jackson, age 32, of Philadelphia, PA; Sebastian Velasquez, age 28, of Miami, FL; and Moussa Jabateh, aka Shamarly Sackey, age 32, with addresses in Miami, FL and Philadelphia, PA.
According to the superseding indictment, Jackson, Velasquez, Jabateh, and others conspired to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine from October 2017 through July 2018. The indictment also alleges that, on July 17, 2018, Jackson possessed five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The investigation leading to the indictment in this case was jointly conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Wilkinsburg Police Department, and the Allegheny County Adult Probation Office.
A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.