Two Wetzel Men Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking
PITTSBURGH – Two Wetzel County men have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking-related charges in federal court in Pennsylvania.
Michael Broglie, 51, and Jesse Tedrow, 27, both of Hundred, each entered guilty pleas Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute or possession with the intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.
The cases, filed in federal court in Pittsburgh, were two of 37 indictments handed down in June. Federal prosecutors said the men were part of a large-scale investigation of the Darccide/Smash 44, or DS44, gang that operated in the South Side of Pittsburgh.
Authorities used a federal wiretap to monitor suspects in the case between February and June, and alleged Broglie and Tedrow bought distribution-level quantities of heroin and fentanyl from Ronald Williams, 26, of Pittsburgh. The men then redistributed the drugs to others. Williams also faces charges.
Tedrow and Broglie face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Dozens of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and local and state police participated in the investigation, which was funded by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program.
The program supplies federal funding so that federal and state law enforcement can coordinate efforts to investigate interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.