Date: June 16, 2021 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pittsburgh, PA — A former resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 188 months of imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal narcotics and money laundering laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today. United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan imposed the sentence on Wesley Cox, also known as "Michael Deshawn Carter" formerly of New Castle, Pennsylvania. According to information presented to the court, Cox participated in a conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of a cocaine base, commonly known as crack. Cox also participated in conspiracy to commit money laundering. Assistant United States Attorney's Brendan T. Conway and Maureen Sheehan-Balchon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. A federally administered Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cox. The task force is headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is comprised of members drawn from the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Borough of Baldwin Police Department, McKees Rocks Police Department, Munhall Police Department, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force and the New Castle Police Department also participated in the investigation. Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the various agencies for their investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Cox.