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Members of Williamsport heroin and crack distribution network in federal custody
January 21, 2014
The United State's Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of an 11-count indictment by the federal grand jury in Harrisburg charging the following Williamsport and Philadelphia men with conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine and othr drug distribution charges:
Defendants: Malik S. Hannibal, aka "Snow", 29, of Williamsport; Arnell A. Monroes, aka "Jigga" aka "Andre Duckett", 32. of Williamsport; Lamont Chyanne Blount, aka "Mont", 21, of Philadelphia; Joey Lehigh Elmore, aka "Yolo", 24, of Philadelphia; Derrick Malik Savage, aka "Maybach", 20, of Philadelphia; Zuriel Ahki Love, aka Poppy, 18, of Philadelphia.
The indictment was returned in Harrisburg on November 20, but had been sealed pending the arrest of all the co-defendants. According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that from November 2012 through the date of the indictment, the co-conspirators distributed heroin, crack coaine and cocain to drug users and sellers in Williamsport and Lycoming and Tioga Counties.
The indictment alleges that the co-defendants were known as the "Tat-Gang" and used mobile phones, social media, two addresses in Williamsport and multiple motor vehicles to facilitate drug distribution activities. The indictment also alleges that the co-conspirators bought, sold, traded and possessed firearms in exchange for cash and controlled substances and to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances.
Co-defendants Savage and Blount were arrested this week: Philadelphia Police officers arrested Blount in Philadelphia during the evening of Jan. 15. The Pennsylvania State Police arrested Savage in the early morning hours of Jan. 16 on Interstate 80, near the Interstate 81 exit. Members of the FBI and Williamsport Bureau of Police arrested Hannibal, Monroe and Elmore shortly after the indictment on Nov. 20, and they arrested Zuriel Love on Dec. 20. All six co-defendants have been detained pending trial or pending detention hearings.
If convicted of the conspiracy and drug distribution offenses charged in the indictment, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5 million and a supervised release term of at least four years.
The case was investigated by the Williamsport Bureau of Police, the Pennyslvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel. Mr. Smith expressed thanks to the Philadelphia Police Department and United States Marshals Service for their assistance in apprehending the co-defendants.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.