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Former Washington Resident Indicted for Cocaine Violation

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Washington, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Matthew Clark, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about December 13, 2023, Clark possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance. The Indictment further provides notice of Clark’s prior state court felony convictions for drug trafficking and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

As a result of the defendant’s prior criminal history, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $8 million, 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 Benjamin C. Dobkin is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and 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 February 27, 2024

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