Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Attorney General Corbett announces break-up of $2.2 million dollar cocaine ring operating in Allegheny County

MONROEVILLE-Thirteen suspected drug dealers are charged with participating in a $2.2 million cocaine ring, which operated in and around Monroeville and Sharpsburg, Allegheny County.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation, known as "Operation Bad Sport" began in January 2009 and focused on the drug trafficking activities of Julius Lamar Robinson.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

"With today's arrests we have dismantled a significant cocaine distribution ring operating in the Pittsburgh area," said Corbett.  "We allege this organization was distributing $228,000 worth of cocaine per month in the region." 

According to the grand jury, Robinson was a mid to upper-level cocaine trafficker and used various members of his organization to arrange cocaine transactions among lower street-level dealers.

The grand jury found that Antonio Lemar Henderson was a main associate involved with finding street-level cocaine customers.

Robinson and Henderson are allegedly members of the "Race Street Crips," a violent street gang in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh.

Corbett said that the Race Street Crips are known to be highly involved in drug trafficking, homicides, shootings, aggravated assaults, robberies and illegal firearm possession.

As the investigation unfolded, court authorized wire taps were approved in June 2009, to determine the scope of the organization and help identify suppliers.11-16-2009 Opr Bad Sport

According to the grand jury, Robinson and other associates routinely discussed the distribution of powder and crack cocaine through coded references, including sports figures jersey numbers and the Allegheny County area code of "412".

Corbett said that Robinson's customers ordered cocaine over the phone by asking for a "Ben Roethlisberger jersey" or a "Vick," which both meant seven grams of cocaine. The cocaine was sold in various amounts ranging from one-quarter ounce to multiple ounces.

According to the grand jury, Lamarr Martin was one of Robinson's largest customers. Martin allegedly used approximately 18 different phone numbers to contact Robinson for drugs and between June 23, 2009 and July 19, 2009 placed at least 20 different orders on 17 occasions for various amounts of cocaine.

Corbett said that during certain calls and messages, Robinson directed Martin how to handle the cocaine business, coached him on sales, pricing, how to handle street problems and how to handle his customer base.

The grand jury found that Robinson used his former Fox Hill apartment to conduct the majority of his cocaine sales and as a location to process cocaine into crack cocaine. Agents believe that Robinson used the location because it was difficult for law enforcement to conduct surveillance there. 

According to the grand jury, Robinson had various high-end vehicles; including a 2002 BMW 7 series and a 2008 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, which were used as part of his cocaine business. Corbett said that each vehicle was registered in someone else's name.

Corbett noted that this is part of a continuing investigation.

Corbett thanked the Monroeville Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Shaler Township Police Department, Munhall Borough Police Department, Latrobe Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, the FBI and DEA for their assistance with the investigation.

The defendants will be preliminarily arraigned before Monroeville Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Herbst. They will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Marnie Sheehan-Balchon of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

 Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Julius Lamar Robinson, 29, 211 Pleasant Ridge Road, McKees Rocks, is charged with eight counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of dealing in unlawful proceeds, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Antonio Lemar Henderson, 23, 217 11th St., Sharpsburg, is charged with seven counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Christina Ross, 21, 1 Helen St., McKees Rocks, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Julian Christ Barrett, 32, 247 Walpole Drive, Pittsburgh, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy. 

--Robert Odell Brown, 27, 429 Hawkins Avenue, Braddock, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and one count of delivery of cocaine.

--Tijuan Clarke, 24, 8316 Bricelyn St., Pittsburgh, is charged with three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Candace Jackson, 26, 520 Shelbourne Avenue, Pittsburgh, is charged with six counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Lamarr Martin, 27, 1502 Wood St., Wilkinsburg, is charged with 17 counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Cornelius Perry, 32, 708 N. Dallas Avenue, Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Corey Porter, 31, 312 Jacunda St., Pittsburgh, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine.  

--Kenneth Wallace, 28, 200 N. 2nd St., Duquesne, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy. 

--Gregory Williams, 234 North Avenue, East Pittsburgh, is charged with eight counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Clinton Wilson, 22, 208 Capital Avenue, Pittsburgh, is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine.  

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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