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Jefferson County Woman Pleads Guilty in Meth Distribution Scheme

June 20, 2013

PITTSBURGH - A Jefferson County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating the federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Tina Smith, 43, of Brookville, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between 2010 and September 2011 Smith was a distributer of methamphetamine for a drug conspiracy centered in the Jefferson County area, around Brookville and DuBois. Her supplier was Joshua Shaffer of Florida, who provided several pounds of methamphetamine and thousands of oxycodone tablets to the other eight members of the conspiracy.

Four members of the conspiracy have now pleaded guilty, with five other alleged conspirators awaiting trial.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Nov. 1, 2013. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years, a fine of not more than $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 Tina Smith.

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