Three plead guilty to smuggling cocaine into Pittsburgh from Mexico

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Three members of a ring that shipped cocaine into the Pittsburgh region from Mexico pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court.

Reynaldo Lopez Salinas of Charlotte, N.C., Marcus Edge of Larimer and Tobias Kidd of Clairton admitted their roles in the conspiracy, which was dismantled by Monroeville police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011.

The case began with an investigation of Darnell Edge, 37, of Monroeville, who pleaded guilty last year. He and his associates used an 18-wheeler with a hidden compartment to ship the cocaine.

Federal agents were watching when the rig arrived at a property on New Texas Road on July 15, 2011, and ring members unloaded duffel bags into the car of Kurt Maxshure of Charlotte. Mr. Maxshure later met with Mr. Edge to make an exchange.

Agents pulled both over in separate traffic stops, along with the tractor-trailer. They recovered 44 pounds of cocaine from Mr. Edge and $450,000 from Mr. Maxshure.

Mr. Maxshure is scheduled to plead guilty on Aug. 29.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com.


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