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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Youngstown man faces cocaine charge

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Juan Jose Rojas Pena, 20, of Youngstown, with attempting to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about July 13, 2015, Rojas Pena knowingly and intentionally attempted to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Service. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 12, 2015