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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Johnstown Woman Admits Distributing Cocaine and Using her Residence as a Drug House

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

Patricia Ann Hawes, 54, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on May 11, 2016, Hawes distributed less than 500 grams of cocaine. Likewise, between April 22, 2016 and June 7, 2016, Hawes maintained her residence in Johnstown, Pa., for the purpose of distributing and using heroin and cocaine.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $1,500,000 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, 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 Hawes.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 23, 2018