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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Crack Cocaine

February 28, 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court  in Johnstown to a charge of distribution of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack," United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Craig S. Berry, 46, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Jan. 21, 2010, Berry and a co-defendant distributed five grams or more of cocaine base.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 29, 2011, at 9:30 a m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines 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 and the Johnstown Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Berry.

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