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Three charged in state drug case

HARRISBURG — Three individuals have been charged with possession of and intent to traffic mass amounts of fentanyl in western Pennsylvania.

A statewide grand jury investigation began in May 2021 into the alleged ringleader of the organization, William Ely, 41, of Wilkinsburg, and two mid-level dealers, Jaylon Brock, 32, of Allegheny County, and Tony Burnsworth, 44, of Friedens.

The trio have been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, corrupt organization and related charges. Ely was also charged for illegally possessing a firearm, according to a release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

During the investigation, agents learned Ely was supplying roughly 150 bricks of heroin/fentanyl, or up to 7,500 doses, a week to Brock and Burnworth who then sold them on the streets. Brock allegedly sold the drugs supplied by Ely in Pittsburgh while Burnsworth would transport the majority of these drugs to sell in Somerset County, Shapiro said.

On July 30, 2021, agents from the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations executed a search warrant on Ely’s Wilkinsburg residence and Hill District stash house where they recovered 80 grams of fentanyl/heroin, 769 grams of cocaine, a kilo press for bulk packaging, $134,815.00 in cash, and two firearms, including an AR-style rifle. Ely is a convicted felon who is not legally able to possess a firearm.

The investigation led agents to two additional locations in the Hill District affiliated with Brock where they seized a total of 291.2 grams of fentanyl, 19.1 grams of cocaine, and $10,600.00 in cash. The total street value of all of the drugs seized during this investigation is more than $217,000.

The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation was assisted in their investigation by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Monroeville Police Department, Penn Hills Police Department, Wilkinsburg Police Department and detectives from the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office.

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