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Johnstown Man Possessed Crack Cocaine

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Leon E. Szewczyk, 35, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on April 6, 2018, Szewczyk possessed with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack."

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for at least 10 years in prison and up to life, a fine of $8,000,000, 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 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 Szewczyk.

Updated August 20, 2019

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