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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Johnstown Man Charged With Distributing Crack Cocaine

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of distribution of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as "crack", United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named John D. Malden, 39, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on April 25, 2013, Malden distributed less than 28 grams of cocaine base.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015