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Carbon County Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Cocaine Trafficking Charges

April 10, 2014

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Carbon County man was sentenced today, in federal court in Scranton by Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to serve 37 months in prison on the charge of aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Alexander “Butch” Sommers, age 48, of Summit Hill, Carbon County, previously pleaded guilty to assisting others in distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and December 2012.

     In addition to the prison term, Senior Judge Kosik also ordered that Sommers be supervised by a probation officer for four years following his release from prison.

     Sommers was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 30, 2012, after an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Nesquehoning and Lansford Police Departments in Carbon County.

     Previously, Victoria Argott, age 34, of Lansford, Carbon County, the former girlfriend of Sommers, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for participating in the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


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