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Floridian Charged with Cocaine Possession

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Lauderhill, Florida, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating the federal drug laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The one-count indictment named Racoco Williams, age 35, of Lauderhill, Florida.

According to the indictment, on August 29, 2017, Williams possessed with intent to deliver 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The earlier filed criminal complaint alleged that Williams was staying at a room at the Extended Stay Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. A federal search warrant of his room revealed 17 kilograms of cocaine and more than $192,000 in cash.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $10,000 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, if any, of the defendant.

Williams is currently detained and has been ordered to be held without bond pending trial.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pennsylvania State Police 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.

Updated September 13, 2017

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