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Westmoreland County Man Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Claridge, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to five years probation, the first 12 months of which must be served by conditions of home confinement, 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Donald S. Swanger, 44.

According to information presented to the court, from July 2008 to May 10, 2011, Swanger conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

A joint task force, headed by the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Swanger. Other agencies participating on the task force include the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Carrolltown Police Department, Patton Police Department, Ebensburg Police Department, Portage Police Department and the Paint Township Police Department.

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