Federal inmate sentenced to 41 months for laundering drug trafficking proceeds


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Date: November 13, 2020

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Pittsburgh — Thomas Hopes was sentenced to 41 months in prison for conspiring to launder drug-trafficking proceeds between 2017 and 2019.

Hopes, formerly of Pittsburgh, was sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan. Judge Ranjan directed that 15 months of the 41-month prison sentence be served consecutively to the federal prison sentence Hopes was serving at the time of the crime. Hopes's prior federal prison sentence was for conspiring to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin. He was serving that sentence at FCI-Elkton in Ohio when he committed the money-laundering crime between 2017 and 2019.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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 case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program, known as OCDETF. OCDETF was established in 1982 to support comprehensive investigations and prosecutions of major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. It is the keystone of the drug reduction strategy of the Department of Justice. By combining the resources and expertise of federal agencies and their state and local law enforcement partners, OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the most serious drug trafficking, money laundering, and transnational criminal organizations.