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Federal Inmate Charged with Possessing Heroin and Marijuana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - An inmate at FCI Loretto, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possession of contraband in prison, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Lonnie Johnston, 31, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 31, 2012, inmate Johnston possessed heroin and marijuana.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

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

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Staff at the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto 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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