Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banksville Man, 76, Admits He Operated Drug Ring

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Banksville Man, 76, Admits He Operated Drug Ring

Article excerpt

A 76-year-old reputed drug ring leader pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges related to drug distribution and money laundering in a Florida-to-Pittsburgh cocaine network that operated for two decades.

Richard Wright, of Banksville, will be sentenced this summer.

Mr. Wright and a friend, retired city firefighter Walter Amman III, 68, were charged in 2017 with running a drug operation.

The year before, prosecutors had seized Mr. Wright's house in Daytona Beach, Fla., saying he and his wife, Michele Connell, bought it with drug money.

The U.S. attorney's office said Mr. Wright ran drugs from Florida for 20 years.

He and Mr. Amman, who came into the ring later, according to his own guilty plea, conspired to transport cocaine from Florida to Pittsburgh, where they broke it down for processing inside a garage next to Mr. …

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