Maryland woman sentenced for role in prison drug trafficking ring


Date: August 24, 2022


PITTSBURGH — Priyanka Kumar was sentenced to two years of probation and a $5,000 fine for engaging in interstate transmissions in aid of racketeering between 2017 and 2019, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Kumar, of Potomac, Maryland, was sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan.

Kumar conducted thousands of dollars of interstate wire transfers to federal inmates and their associates to fund a prison drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise on behalf of her boyfriend who was incarcerated in federal prison at the time. Kumar transferred over $60,000 via interstate wire transfers in 2017 and 2018. Over $40,000 of the $60,000+ of wire transfers were sent to federal inmate accounts.

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

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, 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 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.