U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
October 29, 2015

Leader of Prescription Pill Ring Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

PITTSBURGH—A man imprisoned in Michigan has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Telano White, 33, of Jackson, Michigan.

According to information presented to the court, Telano White was the leader of the Detroit to Pittsburgh oxycodone distribution network, even though he was incarcerated for nearly the entire period of the conspiracy. White’s wife, Brandy Bara White, received deliveries of oxycodone 30 mg. pills delivered by Tarrance Mays, Jr. and LaMont Whitfield, two Detroit residents who previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Fischer stated that White has admitted to being the leader of the oxycodone ring that brought large quantities of pills from Detroit to Pittsburgh. She said that it was an “affront to the justice system” that he orchestrated the criminal activity from jail.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of White.

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