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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Law Violations

February 17, 2011

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

George J. Lawrence, V, 25, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from Jan. 18, to March 27, 2009, Lawrence conspired to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack;" on Jan. 26, 2009, he distributed five grams or more of cocaine base; and on March 27, 2009, he possessed five grams or more of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2011, at 11 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 120 years in prison, a fine of $6,000,000, 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 Johnstown Police Department and the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lawrence.

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