D.C. officer to plead guilty in drug ring

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A Washington, D.C., police officer charged with laundering money for a California-to-Pittsburgh drug ring has scheduled a plea for next month.

Jared Weinberg was arrested in May at his precinct house in Washington on a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh.

Officer Weinberg this week agreed to plead guilty on July 25 in U.S. District Court here.

He is accused of conspiracy to commit money-laundering for a cocaine ring that is believed to have sold up to four tons in the last decade.

According to an IRS affidavit, Officer Weinberg laundered proceeds for Damon Lewis Collins, identified as a California drug supplier for a trafficking organization run by Robert Russell Spence of Coraopolis.

Mr. Spence and Mr. Collins are among some two dozen accused members of the ring under indictment here since 2009.

A separate indictment handed up in 2012 charged six others with money-laundering. Several ring members have pleaded guilty, including Montel Staples, the former athletic director and basketball coach at now-closed Duquesne High School.

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