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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Inmate at Federal Prison in Clearfield County Charged with Illegally Possessing Marijuana

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – An inmate at Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Philipsburg, Pa., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The indictment named Jose Juarez-Diaz, 34.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on August 25, 2018, Juarez-Diaz possessed a quantity of marijuana.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of five 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 Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, Special Investigative Staff, conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Juarez-Diaz.

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

Updated March 6, 2019