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Monaca Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Crack Cocaine

June 16, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 16, 2010, that on June 15, 2010, Lafayette Moreland, a resident of Monaca, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to a charge of violating the federal drug laws.

Moreland, age 37, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti advised the court that from December 2005 until October 2007, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Moreland conspired with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams but less than 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for September 3, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 20 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $8,000,000, 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 Pennsylvania State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Center Township Police Department, the Borough of Ambridge Police Department, and the Harmony Township Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lafayette Moreland.

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