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Westmoreland County Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Meth Distribution Scheme

August 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Harrison City, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to five years imprisonment and four years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $17,500 fine, on his conviction of violating the federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Kevin Nicol, 58.

According to information presented to the court, Nicol was involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The parties stipulated that 279.2 grams of "ice," also known as pure methamphetamine, were attributable to Nicol for purposes of the Sentencing Guidelines.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Conti stated that this was a very serious offense, and noted that the methamphetamine was over 94% pure.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Nicol.

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