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Johnstown Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating various federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Rukiya R. Smith, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that 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.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is 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 that led to the prosecution of Smith.

Updated July 14, 2015