Two Pennsylvania Men Sentenced for Roles in Return to Sender Drug Investigation

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PITTSBURGH, PA — Two Pennsylvania men were sentenced Thursday, January 19, 2023, on their convictions for violating federal narcotics laws related to a nine-month Title III wiretap investigation into drug trafficking in and around the counties of Jefferson, Clearfield, and Allegheny, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

United States District Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand imposed a sentence of 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on Darryl Isaacs, age 57, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to information presented to the court, Isaacs transported approximately 50 kilograms of marijuana and 250 grams of cocaine between distributors based in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Wiegand also sentenced Brandon Coder, age 34, of Penfield, Pennsylvania, to 41 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. According to information presented to the court, Coder received parcels that were shipped from California to the Western District of California containing a total of between 1.5 kilograms and five kilograms of methamphetamine. Coder also mailed parcels containing United States currency to California at the direction of Derek Hillebrand, the leader of the drug trafficking organization.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan D. Lusty and Michael R. Ball prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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