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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Drug Charges

August 30, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Bert William Johnson, III, pleaded guilty to five counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from August 19, 2009, to November 4, 2009, Johnson, along with other co-defendants, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack."  In addition, on various dates from August 19, 2009, through October 8, 2009, Johnson distributed less than 5 grams of cocaine base on each of those various dates, and on November 4, 2009, he possessed with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for February 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 140 years in prison, a fine of $7, 000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cambria County Drug Task Force, and the Indiana Borough Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Johnson.

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