13 charged by AG in Mexican heroin ring in W. Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The state attorney general’s office has charged 13 people for their alleged roles in a ring that brought Mexican heroin to western Pennsylvania under the direction of a reputed California gang member.

Forty-four-year-old Jose Luis Pena-Montes is the only suspect charged Wednesday who is not already in custody. State prosecutors say he’s a member of a southern California gang known as the Surenos, which formed in prison and also has ties to his native Mexico.

Also charged were 46-year-old Robert Carpenter, who lists addresses in Coraopolis and Swissvale, and 30-year-old Marquis Farrow, who has two homes in Pittsburgh. Online court records don’t list attorneys for those men, who remained in custody Thursday.

Carpenter allegedly accepted drugs from couriers sent by Pena-Montes, and passed them on to Farrow and a circle of other trusted dealers.

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