By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
The alleged Beaver County connection to a three-county, Farrell-based cocaine-distribution ring pleaded no contest Monday to racketeering, drug and gun charges.
Vance A. Walker, 45, of Baden entered pleas to two counts of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to commit possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, four counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of prohibited possession of a firearm.
With Walker’s plea, the state Attorney General’s Office and state police have earned guilty pleas from 11 of the 13 men charged with being part of the ring. One case is pending and another was dismissed due to a technicality.
A state grand jury said Walker regularly obtained cocaine from the organization run by Jason T. “Pizzle” Pinkins, 38, formerly of Farrell, and requested cocaine from Pinkins or John H. Crosby, 39, formerly of Farrell. Phillip R. Pinkins, 36, formerly of Sharon, a cousin of Jason Pinkins, would provide cocaine to Crosby, who would deliver it to Walker in Hopewell and Aliquippa, the grand jury said. The criminal complaint specifies deals that occurred in November 2010.
Walker would sell cocaine to his own customers, the report said.
Agents searched Walker’s home and business Dec. 18, 2010, and seized cocaine, bags, a scale, a 9mm handgun, five cellular telephones, a money counter and $12,000 cash, the report said.
Walker is not allowed to possess a handgun because of a previous conviction for drug trafficking, the grand jury said.
Nine members of the ring have been sentenced to prison terms, with Jason Pinkins sentenced to the longest term, 12 years, 3 months to 26 years.