Baby Ingests PCP, Cocaine |
A one-year-old boy was found with PCP and cocaine in his system when his parents brought him to a West Side hospital. His mother, Yolanda Beck, left drug residue lying in the house and was charged in the incident.
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh unsealed an indictment Wednesday that gave details into a cross country cocaine trade that involved several suspect from here in the Bay Area.
The Associated Press reported the indictment charges 22 people in connection with a crime spree that goes back ten years.
The indictment was returned in June but unsealed only Wednesday. 17 of the suspects are from Northern California.
Investigators told AP the crooks found a way to fly cocaine from California to Pittsburgh bypassing airport security measures in the process. They did not list the airports, but they did mention a Southwest Airlines flight. The indictment didn't explain how the suspect did it.
The indictment says 40-year-old Timothy White, of Tracy, was the primary source of the cocaine. White's address is also listed as San Jose. His current neighbors in Tracy called him the ideal neighbor, adding he was always buying expensive new cars.
The indictment said White used a number of couriers to transport several pounds of cocaine once he arrived in the Pittsburgh area. Prosecutors said he would travel back to California with the cash he got from selling the drugs.
Another man, 42-year-old Ruben Mitchell, of Stockton apparently lost track of more than 41 pounds of cocaine in a misdirected piece of luggage during a Pittsburgh-bound Southwest Airlines flight last year. Mitchell was forced to check the bag filled with cocaine after it would not fit in the overhead bin. That could be what initially tipped authorities.
White and Mitchell remain in custody and 15 others have been arrested, though some are free on bond. Five others remain at large.
The three-count indictment, returned on June 15 named the following:
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