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Pittsburgh Crack Cocaine Dealer Pleads Guilty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating the federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Raymond Allen Brown, 38, pleaded guilty to five counts before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on four dates in August, November, and December 2009 and January 2010, Brown sold crack cocaine to individuals in Beaver Falls and New Brighton, Pa. On March 12, 2010 agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office served a search warrant for Brown's Chevy Blazer, from which they seized a can with a false bottom. Inside the can was more than 1/2 ounce of crack cocaine and a digital scale.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Nov. 18, 2011, at 11 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years to a maximum of forty years in prison, a fine of $200,000, 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 Gregory J. Nescott is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Raymond Allen Brown.

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