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Floridian Pleads Guilty To Trafficking Oxycodone

February 15 , 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Lake Park, Fla., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Dirk Simonton, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on April 23, 2010, and again on May 4, 2010, Simonton distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for June 6, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Dirk Simonton.

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