Pagans partner sentenced for cocaine trafficking and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition | USAO-WDPA

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PITTSBURGH – A former Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to 57 months in prison and six years on probation for being convicted of drug and firearms offenses, the report announced today. American lawyer Cindy K. Chung.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Jason Evans, 45, formerly of the city’s Esplen neighborhood.

According to information presented to the court, Evans was identified as a member of a large-scale drug smuggling operation responsible for trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in the Western District of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The investigation was the result of efforts by the Greater Pittsburgh Street Safety Task Force, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to identify criminal activity, including drug and gun trafficking, d individuals who are members and/or associates of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club (PMC).

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF) investigation began in January 2020, and beginning in August 2020 and continuing through November 2020, the FBI conducted a Federal Title III investigation, which resulted in the interception of thousands of wires and electronic communications. out of a total of ten (10) phones, including phones operated by co-defendants Bill Rana and Eric Armes, who were members of the PMC.

Evans, while not a member of the PMC, was a close associate of Rana, who was a “fully patched” member of the PMC and Sergeant-at-Arms for the Pittsburgh Chapter. Evans served as “enforcer”. Evans accepted responsibility for distributing over 300 grams of cocaine.

Additionally, the Court was informed that on December 8, 2020, law enforcement executed numerous federal arrest and search warrants, concurrent with the withdrawal of this investigation. Specifically, law enforcement issued a search warrant at Evans’ residence on Earl Street and seized approximately 10 ounces of cocaine along with two firearms, ammunition, magazines and more than $10,000. .

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which led the multi-agency investigation into this case, which also included the United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, State of Pennsylvania. Police, Pittsburgh Police Bureau and Narcotics Investigation Bureau of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Other assisting agencies include the Allegheny County Homicide Department, Baldwin Police Department, Brentwood Police Department, McKees Rocks Police Department, Stowe Township Police Department, and West Deer Township Police Department, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Jason Evans.

This lawsuit is the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities across the United States. The OECDTF employs a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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