November 16, 2009
Pittsburgh-area cocaine ring used 'sports’ codes
Associated Press

MONROEVILLE — Attorney General Tom Corbett says his office busted a $2.2 million Pittsburgh-area cocaine ring whose customers used coded references to prominent football players.

Corbett says customers would order a quarter-ounce of cocaine – roughly seven grams – by asking for a “Ben Roethlisberger jersey” or a “Michael Vick.” Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, and Vick, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, both wear uniform number 7.

Corbett says the ring was led by two men linked to a Pittsburgh street gang, the Race Street Crips.

Twenty-nine-year-old Julius Robinson, of McKees Rocks, allegedly ran the ring and was arrested Monday. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Thirteen people are charged in the ring based out of Monroeville.