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Mercer County Drug Task Force Investigation Leads to Charges Against Farrell Man

May 8, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Farrell, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotic laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment, returned on May 7, named Travis W. Black, 27.

According to the indictment, from in and around August 2010, and continuing thereafter to on or about Nov. 4, 2012, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Black conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Additionally, on or about Sept. 1, Oct. 29, and Oct. 31, 2010, Black distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric S. Rosen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and the Mercer County Drug Task Force 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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