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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Johnstown Woman Facing Federal Drug Charges

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown was indicted on Oct. 8, 2013, by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating various federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Rukiya R. Smith, 34.

According to the indictment, Smith distributed less than 28 grams of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack," and less than 100 grams of heroin on March 5, 2013, and she possessed less than 100 grams of heroin on April 24, 2013, with the intent to distribute it.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000 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 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.

Updated July 14, 2015