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Johnstown Residents Charged Drug, Gun Law Violations

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September 16, 2010

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

The 12-count indictment named Delfon L. Chatman, 35; Dumon L. Coleman, 25; Desalynn L. Coleman, 29; and Henry N. Norris, 44.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from April 28, 2009, to March 8, 2010, the defendants conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  On various dates between April 28, 2009, and Feb. 23, 2010, the defendants distributed less than 100 grams of heroin.  On May 12, 2009, Dumon Coleman distributed less than five grams of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack," and on Oct. 16, 2009, Norris, likewise, distributed less than five grams of cocaine base.

Further, on Feb. 23, 2010, Desalynn Coleman, who had been convicted in 2009 in Cambria County, Pa., of receiving stolen property, unlawfully possessed a Ruger revolver.  Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime punishable by imprisonment for more than two years from possessing ammunition or firearms.  Receiving stolen property is such a crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence for Chatman of 140 years in prison, a fine of $7,000,000, or both; for Dumon Coleman of 80 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both; for Desalynn Coleman of 110 years in prison, a fine of $5,250,000, or both; and for Norris of 100 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, 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, the Cambria County Drug Task Force, and the Johnstown Police Department 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.

According to Mr. Hickton, Desalynn Coleman is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

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