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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 12, 2014

Johnstown Woman Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Drug Offenses

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months of incarceration to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $690, on her conviction of violating various federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Rukiya R. Smith, 35.

According to information presented to the court, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Smith.

Updated July 14, 2015