Turtle Creek Man Pleads Guilty To Dealing Marijuana
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Turtle Creek, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Arthur R. Claus, 51, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Claus, on Feb. 23, 2009, possessed with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana.
Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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.
Pending sentencing, the court continued Claus on bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Arthur R. Claus.