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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

July 19, 2011

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

Robert L. Harrison, 29, 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 March 23 to June 30, 2010, Harrison conspired to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack."  In addition, on June 30, 2010, he possessed five grams or more of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 7, 2011, at 10 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 80 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation/Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Harrison.

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