Four Charged With Drug Offenses
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 19, 2010, that on March 16, 2010, three individuals from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and an individual from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating federal narcotics laws.
The six-count indictment named as defendants the following individuals:
Bert William Johnson, III, age 28, of Pittsburgh, PA;
Patricia Ann Hawes, age 46, of Johnstown, PA;
Kimberly Whited, age 51, of Johnstown, PA; and
Joy Schuck, age 33, of Johnstown, PA.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from August 19, 2009, to November 4, 2009, Johnson, Hawes, Whited and Schuck 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, Hawes, Whited, and Schuck each distributed less than 5 grams of cocaine base, and on November 4, 2009, Johnson possessed with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated the law provides for a maximum total sentence for Bert William Johnson, III, of 140 years in prison, a fine of $7,000,000, or both; for each, Patricia Ann Hawes, Kimberly Whited and Joy Schuck, a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $3,000,000, 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, if any, of the defendants.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laurel Highlands Resident Agency, the Cambria County Drug Task Force, and the Indiana Borough Police Department 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.