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Cambria County Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Northern Cambria, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Casey Lex, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from April 2012 to March 8, 2013, Lex conspired with others to possess and distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Aug. 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, 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 Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lex.

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