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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Johnstown Man Charged with Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Cambria County resident was indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charge of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The indictment named Clarence M. Cosby, 36, of Johnstown, Pa.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on July 5, 2017, Cosby distributed less than 28 grams of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack," and on Oct. 6, 2017, he was found in possession of a loaded Remington Model RM-380, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol. On Jan. 29, 2016, Cosby was convicted in Bedford Co., Pa., of drug trafficking, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1,250,000 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 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 Cosby.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated May 8, 2018