Jury convicts drug dealer of killing a federal witness; accomplice guilty of drug charges

By Terri Hill | November 13, 2018

A jury in Pittsburgh federal court found two men guilty Tuesday of drug and firearm charges and for killing a federal witness.

Price Montgomery, 35, will spend the rest of his life in prison and James Perrin, 37, faces at least a 10-year prison sentence.

According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, from April 2013 until June 2014, the pair sold over two pounds of heroin and laundered most of the proceeds they received from the drug sales.

Both men purchased several cars each and homes to conceal the money they received.

On Aug. 22, 2014, the day Tina Crawford, 34, of Pittsburgh, was scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors to discuss her role as a courier for Montgomery and Perrin, Montgomery shot and killed her and wounded her mother in the garage of the Hill District home they shared.

A total of 29 shots were fired into Crawford’s car as she was leaving her house with 10 striking her. Several struck her daughter, who survived the attack and testified at the trial.

Crawford intended to tell prosecutors how she transported heroin to Newark, New Jersey for Montgomery using rental cars.

Federal agents kept tabs on the two men by monitoring their phones, surveillance and a camera installed on a pole outside Montgomery’s house.

When authorities searched Montgomery’s house on the day of his arrest they found 16 guns, hundreds of thousands of dollars, a large stash of heroin.

“Today, justice has been served in the murder of federal witness Tina Crawford. Twelve citizens in western Pennsylvania found Price Montgomery guilty of the murder of Ms. Crawford and the attempted murder of Patsy Crawford in the same attack,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady.

Both men will be sentenced sometime early next year.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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