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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Johnstown Man Indicted On Federal Drug And Firearms Charges

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment named Tony U. Atwood, 43, of Johnstown, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on June 4, 2014, Atwood distributed less than 100 grams of heroin, and he possessed less than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it. In addition, on the same day, Atwood, who had been convicted in 1995 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, of Drug Act/Possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, unlawfully possessed a Titan semi-automatic pistol. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms. Drug Act/Possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance is such a crime.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 50 years in prison, a fine of $2,250,000 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 John J. Valkovci, Jr., 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 leading to the indictment in this case.

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

According to Mr. Hickton, Atwood is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

Updated July 14, 2015