Three more of the 20 suspects charged last month in a cocaine trafficking operation in Crawford and Erie counties are headed to trial.
Tyrone Brown, 47, of Meadville and Kim Nicholson, 54, and Tajh Rashaad Pacley, 29, both of Erie, were all held for court following preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on Friday.
The three men all face eight felony and two misdemeanor counts. The felony counts include corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, possession with the intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.
They were arrested May 6 following a 16-month undercover investigation that began in January 2018 by agents from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General working with area police agencies in Crawford and Erie counties.
Nicholson and Pacley are free on $40,000 and $20,000 bond respectively. Brown’s $20,000 bond in the case was changed from monetary to unsecured on May 24. However, on May 27, he was arrested on unrelated charges, including a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and simple assault. He remains in Crawford County jail in lieu of $35,000 bond in that case. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 13 in Brown’s more recent case.
Trials for the three men on the cocaine trafficking charges will be scheduled for the September term in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas.