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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Johnstown Man Charged with Distributing Heroin

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Johnstown, Pa., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The indictment named Arvell D. Brandon, 38, of Johnstown, Pa.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on May 10, 2016, Brandon distributed less than 100 grams of heroin.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000 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, if any, 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 Cambria County Drug Task Force, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brandon.

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

Updated March 13, 2017