Jury Convicts Two of Conspiring to Distribute Drugs in Prison

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PITTSBURGH, PA — Ross Landfried and David Curran were convicted Tuesday at the conclusion of a six-day jury trial of conspiring to distribute Schedule I and II controlled substances between 2017 and 2019, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced. Landfried was also convicted of conspiring to launder drug trafficking proceeds between 2017 and 2019. The evidence presented at trial established that Landfried, Curran and their co-conspirators were part of a wide-ranging drug conspiracy within the federal prison system. Inmate accounts were used to collect and make payments for the drugs.

Landfried, age 40, and Curran, age 39, both formerly of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, will be sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan on dates to be determined.

Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca L. Silinski and Craig W. Haller are prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General led the multi-agency investigation that also included the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, the Pittsburgh Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Munhall Police Department, the Robinson Township Police Department, the McKees Rocks Police Department, the Stowe Township Police Department, the Etna Police Department, and the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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