State officials said today that they have broken up a $1 million drug ring that moved cocaine and marijuana from New York City to Western Pennsylvania.
A grand jury recommended that charges be filed against seven people, the Pennsylvania attorney general's office said in a news release today.
The presentment said 33-year-old Peris Smith of Aliqiuppa purchased heroin and cocaine by the kilogram and gave them to his sister, 27-year-old Dabrielle Dawkins of Aliquippa, to sell in Beaver and Allegheny counties. It also said Smith bought the drugs from a New York City man named Rafael "Ralphie" Ramirez, 27, and that Smith, Dawkins and others in their group made at least 14 trips to New York City to buy drugs between Oct. 24 and Feb. 19.
The attorney general's office said investigators seized heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as four guns and body armor.
Others charged in connection with the ring are:
• Marcos Ordonez, 32, of McKees Rocks, charged with conspiracy and illegal possession of a gun..
• Charles Pratt, 30, of Ambridge, charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin and one gun violation.
• Dominique McElvy, 24, of Aliquippa, charged with one count of delivery of cocaine.
• Dawan Lockett, 34, of Aliquippa, charged with two counts of delivery of methylone/MDMA.