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Connellsville Man Charged with Conspiracy and Drug Distribution

November 8, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Connellsville, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy and violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named William Joseph Colbert, 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from Aug. 25, 2012, and continuing to Aug. 27, 2012, Colbert conspired with others to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and distributed it on Aug. 27, 2012.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of $8 million, 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 defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation 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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