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Johnstown Woman Plead Guilty to Distributing Heroin

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, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Ava Blackwell, 24, of Johnstown, Pa. pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, from Aug. 25, 2016, through Sept. 14, 2016, Blackwell conspired with a co-defendant to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute less than 100 grams of heroin.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for February 20, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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, 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 Blackwell.

Updated November 16, 2017

Drug Trafficking