Drug kingpin Dorsett, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer, may be headed back to prison

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Convicted cocaine kingpin Anthony A. Dorsett, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, will be detained pending a hearing next month to determine his fate on allegations that he violated his probation by getting arrested again last month, just weeks after he got out of federal prison.

Anthony A. Dorsett, 37, of Aliquippa, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was ordered to appear for a revocation hearing Aug. 19 before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch that could send him back to prison.

Dorsett was sentenced in 2011 to 30 years for running a massive cocaine network and laundering the proceeds in real estate. But because he cooperated against his underlings, including three drug ring members accused in a 2006 Aliquippa murder, Judge Bloch agreed to reduce his sentence to time served and he was released on probation in May.

A U.S. probation officer said he was arrested June 21 after an altercation at an Aliquippa bar in which a witness said Dorsett pressed a gun to his head and then pistol-whipped him.

Dorsett, known as "Ali" in Aliquippa's Linmar neighborhood, was indicted in the drug case in 2008 along with 16 others and pleaded guilty the following year, admitting that he distributed at least 60 kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of crack supplied from Detroit and other cities.

Federal prosecutors seized more than $1 million in real estate the gang bought with drug proceeds.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com.


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