5 more get prison terms for roles in region’s Ecstasy rings
Five more men have received prison sentences for their participation in major Ecstasy rings that operated in western Pennsylvania.
The three rings in the region, which did not work together but were loosely connected, distributed several million pills in Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and schools in several other states, federal prosecutors said.
The five, who are among more than 30 individuals who entered guilty pleas in the case, are:
Prosecutors said Taormina twice traveled from Indiana, Pa., to the Netherlands to purchase $380,000 worth of drugs.
Pittsburgh was a key distribution point in the multimillion-dollar, international drug-selling scheme, prosecutors said.
Federal authorities have said the city is attractive because nearly two dozen colleges and universities are within easy driving distance — providing a large number of young people who are the primary users of the rave drug.