Clairton man gets 1 year, 1 day in prison in cocaine conspiracy case
A Clairton man has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison for his role in a far-reaching narcotics ring, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Jojuan Bray, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics, admitting to purchasing and selling about 230 grams of cocaine in the Clairton area between March and June of last year, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.
Bray’s sentencing of a year in prison followed by three years of supervised release marked the ninth person to be sentenced of 21 defendants who were charged in the broader conspiracy investigation , Brady said.
In his guilty plea, Bray admitting to buying cocaine from his codefendant, Skyler Carter.
In June, Carter pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl resulting in an overdose death.
Carter has acknowledged in court that he was responsible for the distribution of at least 160 grams of fentanyl, 280 grams of cocaine base and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine. Carter faces 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
His sentencing was scheduled for early October.
U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the one-year prison sentence on Bray.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuted the case with help from the FBI, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s office and Allegheny County and Pittsburgh police.
The investigation was funded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which provides money for federal and state agencies to work together on cases involving major drug trafficking and criminal enterprises.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.