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16 people in 5 states, including people in Pittsburgh, charged in massive DEA drug bust

PITTSBURGH — A federal drug investigation lasted more than a year and finally ended this week. Now, 16 people are indicted on federal drug charges.

While working to learn more about a multi-state cocaine drug trafficking ring, information from sources took us to Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood.

Sources tell Channel 11 that a building there was a part of the investigation, and we saw nearly a dozen DEA officers walk out the front door.

A federal grand jury indicted 16 people from across five states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, California, Virginia and Michigan.

Six of them are from the Pittsburgh area, including Jamal Stoner, who was charged with intending to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.

During the investigation, federal agents also discovered more than $400,000 in cash.

Neighbors in Beechview were stunned to see the DEA agents going up and down their streets.

“That’s really distressing. I don’t like seeing officers in this kind of level gear coming into my neighborhood. I really wonder what’s going on in the building,” Tim Zeddies, who lives nearby, told Channel 11.

Investigators say this trafficking ring stretched to Atlanta, Detroit, and California.

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