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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Four Pennsylvania Residents Charged In Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Three residents of Johnstown, Pa., and a resident of Philadelphia, Pa., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The six-count indictment named as defendants the following individuals:

George J. Lawrence, IV, 28, of Johnstown, Pa.
Paulette M. Alt, 52, of Johnstown, Pa.
Donna M. Hawk, 48, of Johnstown, Pa.
Paul A. Robinson, Jr., 31, of Philadelphia, Pa.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from Jan. 31, to April 23, 2013, the defendants conspired to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as "crack," and on separate occasions during that time period the defendants distributed less than 500 grams of cocaine and less than 28 grams of cocaine base. In addition, on April 23, 2013, Lawrence possessed more than 28 grams of cocaine base with the intent to distribute it.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence for Lawrence of 140 years in prison, a fine of $13,000,000 or both; for Alt & Robinson of 80 years in prison, a fine of $7,000,000 or both; and for Hawk of 60 years in prison, a fine of $6,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lawrence, Alt, Hawk and Robinson.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015