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Johnstown Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Cocaine and Crack-Cocaine Violations

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – On February 8, 2024, a resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to 84 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute quantities of cocaine and crack-cocaine, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States Senior District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Perry King, 48.

According to information presented to the Court, from in and around May 2021 to June 2021, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, King conspired to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as “crack,” and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. King also possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of crack in and around both October 2019 and January 2020, totaling 28 grams or more on the latter occasion. King was intercepted on a federal wiretap obtaining quantities of cocaine and crack-cocaine that he distributed to others.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and Homeland Security Investigations for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of King. Additional agencies participating in this investigation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania State Police, Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, Cambria County Sheriff’s Office, Cambria Township Police Department, Indiana Borough Police Department, Johnstown Police Department, Upper Yoder Township Police Department, Richland Police Department, Ferndale Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated February 9, 2024

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