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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty To Possessing Drugs In Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of contraband in prison, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Thomas R. Harriger, 45, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on March 7, 2010, Harriger possessed marijuana and dihydrocodeinone at FCI Loretto.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 8, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history 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 Special Investigative Staff at the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Harriger.

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