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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8 , 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Delfon L. Chatman, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from April 28, 2009, to March 8, 2010, Chatman conspired to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and on March 6, 2010, he possessed less than 100 grams of heroin.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for April 10, 2012, at 10 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $3,000,000, 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 John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cambria County Drug Task Force, the Johnstown Police Department, and the Upper Yoder Township Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Chatman.

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