Pittsburgh man gets 5 years in prison for selling cocaine in GBK gang ring nabbed by FBI wiretap probe

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May 12—A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in selling cocaine for a drug ring linked to the a street gang in the city's West End, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Marshinneah Manning, 28, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine after being among more than two dozen nabbed as part of an FBI-led wiretap investigation into the gang known as the Greenway Boy Killas, or GBK, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman.

The investigation, which lasted from November 2017 until June 2018, found that Manning conspired to sell more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

On June 20, 2018, a federal grand jury accused 28 members of the GBK gang of conspiring to sell large amounts of crack cocaine as well as powder cocaine and heroin.

At least a dozen of those who were indicted have since pleaded guilty, court records show.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones said the prosecutions should serve as a warning to other members of street gangs and perpetrators of violence.

"We want to make this clear to other gangs operating in our communities: We are coming for you, and the violence won't be tolerated," Jones said in a statement.

In addition to the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration, Kaufman commended the assistance of police from Pittsburgh, Robinson, Stowe, Wilkinsburg, McKees Rocks, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Yvonne M. Saadi prosecuted the case.

The investigation was funded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which provides money for federal and state agencies to work together on cases involving major drug trafficking and criminal enterprises.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@triblive.com or via Twitter .