Buffalo, NY Man Conspired to Distribute Crack Cocaine in New Castle Area
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Marlin Scott, age 25, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other agencies joined forces in a long-term wiretap investigation of drug trafficking in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The investigation revealed that Scott conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine, which was transported from Buffalo to the New Castle area for further distribution.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for October 26, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than five years and up to 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.
Pending sentencing, the court continued the defendant’s detention.
Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Castle Police Department, and the Lawrence County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Scott.