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Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Law Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Dennis Cercone, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Dec. 2, 2009, Cercone possessed with intent to distribute and distributed less than 500 grams of cocaine.  Also, from March 2009, and continuing until January 2010, Cercone conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Mar. 4, 2010. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Dennis Cercone.

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