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Imperial Man Pleads Guilty In Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2011

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

Cameron Mele, 35, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from January2009 to Dec. 15, 2009, Mele conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 300 to 400 grams of cocaine.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for July 29, 2011, at 1:30 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration; the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; the Pittsburgh Division of Weed and Seed; the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; the Pennsylvania State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Marshals Service; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Mele.

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