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Aliquippa Man Charged With Distributing Crack Cocaine

April 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 28, 2010, that on April 27, 2010, Carlos Jamal Smith, a resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges of violating federal narcotics laws.

The four‑count indictment named Smith, age 34, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Smith distributed a quantity of crack cocaine on the following dates: January 15, 2010; January 21, 2010; February 3, 2010; and February 15, 2010.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 80 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pennsylvania State Police  conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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