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Lawrence County Admits Conspiring To Make And Distribute Methamphetamine

December 6 , 2011

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

Brian V. Sercel, 35, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from May 2010 to on or about March 11, 2011, Sercel conspired with others to manufacture and to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for April 13, 2012.  The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, 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 Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Ellwood City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brian V. Sercel.

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