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Three Johnstown Residents Charged With Violating Federal Drug Laws

November 26, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ Three residents of Johnstown, Pa., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating various federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The five-count indictment named Robert L. Harrison, 29, Christopher M. Ferreira, 25, and Crystal A. McCarthy, 27.

According to the indictment, from March 23 to June 30, 2010, Harrison, Ferreira and McCarthy conspired to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack."  In addition, on March 23, 2010, Harrison and Ferreira distributed less than five grams of cocaine base.  On June 25 and 30, 2010, Harrison distributed less than five grams of cocaine base on each occasion, and on June 30, he possessed five grams or more of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence for Harrison of 140 years in prison, a fine of $7,000,000, or both; for Ferreira of 60 years in prison, a fine of $3,000,000, or both; and for McCarthy of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, 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 defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation/Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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