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Jefferson County Man Pleads Guilty in Oxycodone Trafficking Scheme

April 16, 2013

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

Jason Shaffer, 38, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between February 2010 and September 2011, a conspiracy to distribute thousands of oxycodone tablets existed in Jefferson County in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and surrounding counties. Jason Shaffer conspired to distribute these drugs, selling them on the street after purchasing them for $25-$30 apiece. Oxycodone is a highly-addictive narcotic drug that is frequently abused in Western Pennsylvania.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Aug. 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000, 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 Gregory J. Nescott is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jason Shaffer. The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office also assisted in a related investigation targeting other oxycodone distributors.

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