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Two Charged in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two Allegheny County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal narcotics trafficking laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment charges Jermaine Edmonds, 33, and William Johnson, 36, as the defendants.

According to the indictment, on July 31, 2012, Edmonds and Johnson conspired and attempted to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $8,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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