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Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Indiana Woman Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Possessing Narcotics

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A former resident of Indiana, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to a total of 108 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release on her convictions of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Ruby Gil, age 32. 

According to information presented to the court, on or about October 9, 2020, Gil possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and fentanyl. Further, from on or about April 19, 2019, to on or about July 2021, Gil conspired to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, 5 grams or more of methamphetamine, and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

Assistant United States Attorneys Arnold P. Bernard, Jr. and Maureen Sheehan-Balchon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to prosecution of Gil. Additional agencies participating in this investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Pennsylvania State Police, Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, Cambria County Sheriff’s Office, Cambria Township Police Department, Indiana Borough Police Department, Johnstown Police Department, Upper Yoder Township Police Department, Richland Police Department, Ferndale Police Department, Southwest Pennsylvania Safe Streets Task Force, Indiana County Drug Task Force, and other local law enforcement agencies.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Updated November 18, 2022