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Clairton Man Pleads Guilty In Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

July 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 26, 2010, that on July 22, 2010, Nathan Paul Rowan, a resident of Clairton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to a violation of the federal drug laws.

Rowan, age 40, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti advised the court that from in or around October 2007, and continuing until in or around September 2008, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Rowan conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 200 grams but less than 300 grams of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for November 26, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of and not more than 30 years, a fine of $2,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Nathan Paul Rowan. Other agencies participating in the investigation include the Pennsylvania State Police, the District Attorney's Office ‑ Violent Crimes/Firearms Task Force, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Allegheny County Adult Probation, the Internal Revenue Service ‑ Criminal Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, the West Mifflin Police Department, the Coraopolis Police Department, the Jefferson Hills Police Department, the Mount Lebanon Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Parole.

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