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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Johnstown Woman Facing Federal Drug Charges

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

The indictment named Patricia Ann Hawes, 52, of Johnstown, Pa.

According to the indictment presented to the court, 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 for the purpose of distributing and using heroin and cocaine.

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.

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

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 18, 2016