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Federal Inmate Admits Illegally Possessing Buprenorphine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pa. pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

David Smeltzer, 37, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on August 5, 2018, Smeltzer possessed a quantity of Buprenorphine.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for December 19, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Arnold P. Bernard, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Correctional Institution, Special Investigative Staff, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Smeltzer.

Updated August 21, 2019