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Johnstown Felon Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of 13 years, to be followed by six years of supervised release on his conviction on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior United States Circuit Court Judge D. Michael Fisher imposed the sentence on Andrew Edwards, 32, formerly of Johnstown, PA.

According to information presented to the court, on April 11, 2016, Edwards was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations in Middlesex Township, Butler County. The driver gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. In the backseat of the vehicle, where Edwards had been seated, officers observed a jacket and a backpack. From the jacket, officers recovered 528 bags of heroin, and a plastic baggie containing crack cocaine. From the backpack, officers recovered a Springfield XD 45 caliber semi-automatic handgun with six rounds in the magazine. Personal items including a towel, hairbrush and a toothbrush were also in the backpack. The FBI laboratory determined that there was support for the inclusion of Edwards as a contributor to the DNA found on the toothbrush.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Middlesex Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

Updated November 28, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses