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Farrell Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Crack Cocaine

April 27, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Farrell, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Michael Vincent Talbert, 32, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on July 26, 2007, Talbert distributed and possessed with intent to distribute five grams or more crack cocaine; and on Nov. 20, 2007, Dec. 13, 2007, Oct. 22, 2008, and Dec. 22, 2008, Talbert distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Aug. 31, 2012. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, 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 Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control, Pennsylvania State Police, Mercer County Drug Task Force, Southwest Regional Police and Sharon Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Michael Vincent Talbert.

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