PITTSBURGH - Four Warren men were among 17 people indicted in Pittsburgh on federal drug charges, officials announced Monday.
Indicted were Kashma Jordan, also known as ''Gold,'' 32, of 3349 Lodwick Drive, Warren; Robert Harvey, 38, of 2692 Brier St. S.E., Warren; Mario Rodgers, aka Rio, 39, of 527 Washington St. N.E., Warren; and Allan Williams, 37, of 4475 Berkshire Drive S.E., Warren.
A raid conducted on a Warren home last week was in connection to the indictment. Thursday, federal and state agents wearing protective gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded a home at 1766 Arthur Drive N.W.
Sources said the agents, who had FBI on their uniforms and gear, were looking for the four people in the city who authorities believe were involved in the drug ring. Jordan was arrested at the scene, sources said.
Residents said SWAT team buses and unmarked cars, all of which had Pennsylvania license plates, roared down the street to 1766 Arthur Drive N.W. at about 7:45 a.m. Agents requested everyone in the home come outside with their hands up, and they complied.
At about 8:30 a.m., about 10 agents with assault rifles entered the home. About a half hour later the emerged. A box of goods was taken from the home.
Neighbors said they suspected drug activity was taking place at the home for some time.
Thirteen others, all of Pennsylvania, also were indicted on 18 counts in the federal grand jury report issued June 12, but unsealed Monday.
Others facing charges are Juan Worthey Jr., 37, Brandon Wise, 28, Will Levy, 37, Keith Malone, 36, Alex Hockett, 25, Brent Anderson, 30, Brandon Boone, 29, Joshua Williams, 32, and Christina Wright, 34, all of Washington, Pa.; Terrell Percy Williams, 33, Michael Porter, 30, and Derrick Knox, 31, all of McKeesport, Pa.; and Eric Everett, 27, of Harrisburg, Pa.
According to the indictment, the defendants and others were involved in a conspiracy to distribute and possessed at least five kilograms of cocaine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between January 2011 and June.
Additionally, Knox, Levy, Terrell Percy, Williams, Wise, Malone and Wright are charged in separate instances of distributing less than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. attorneys in Pittsburgh said. Worthey is charged with distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine; and Wise also is charged with distributing less than 28 grams of cocaine base in and around Washington, Pa.
The law provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison, and fine of $10,000,000.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.