PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania. (WKBN) – A federal jury has convicted three men in a drug smuggling operation in the Pennsylvania prison system.
Noah Landfried, Michel Cercone and Anthony Smith were found guilty of conspiring to distribute Schedule I and II controlled substances between 2017 and 2019, according to United States Prosecutor Cindy K. Chung.
Landfried and Cercone were also convicted of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking between 2017 and 2019. Additionally, Landfried was convicted of distributing at least 40 grams of a mixture.
containing fentanyl on June 18, 2018.
Landfried, 37, from Moon Township; Cercone, 48, of Sewickley; and Smith, 30 from Homestead; will be sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan.
In rendering its verdict, the jury determined that Landfried was responsible for at least five kilograms of cocaine, at least 100 grams of heroin and at least 40 grams of fentanyl; and Cercone was responsible for at least 500 grams of cocaine.
Landfried and Smith were at liberty under federal supervision on previous drug trafficking convictions at the time.
âThe United States has proven that Noah Landfried, the leader of this illicit operation, and his co-conspirators waged a massive drug conspiracy that involved the sale of Schedule I and II drugs within the federal prison system. Inmate accounts were used to collect and pay for drugs. Landfried and Cercone were also found guilty of laundering drug products, âChung said.
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This lawsuit is the result of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).