For Immediate Release
Braddock Felon and SCO Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Braddock, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of narcotics trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Jaymare Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force conducted a long-term investigation of drug trafficking occurring in and around the Braddock section of Pittsburgh. Jaymare Jackson, and other individuals, were identified as members of a neighborhood-based street gang, self-titled "SCO", which illegally distributed controlled substances in the Greater Pittsburgh region. In January of 2019, investigators obtained authorization to conduct a federal wire investigation, which continued through May of 2019. During that time period, intercepted communications confirmed that Mr. Jackson was conspiring with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances. The court accepted Jackson’s guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and conspiracy to distribute a quantity of cocaine base, commonly known as crack, a Schedule II controlled substance, between August 2018 and May 2019.
The Court was also advised that on June 12, 2019, Jackson illegally possessed two firearms as well as items used to package and distribute controlled substances. Jackson acknowledged that he knew, at that time, that he could not possess the firearms after having been previously convicted of carrying a firearm without a license. Federal law prohibits anyone who has previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, to possess a firearm or ammunition.
Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for April 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The law provides for a maximum sentence of not less than five and not more than 40 years in prison, a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the multi-agency investigation of this case, which also included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Other assisting agencies include the Monroeville Police Department, Penn Hills Police Department, Wilkinsburg Police Department, and Allegheny County Adult Probation.
The investigation was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.