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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Judge Finds Ohio Man Guilty of Possessing Cocaine

PITTSBURGH, PA - Upon the conclusion of a non-jury trial before United States District Judge Reginald B. Walton, Judge Walton found Adolph Brown guilty of one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Brown, 47, formerly of Akron, Ohio, waived his right to a jury trial, resulting in a non-jury bench trial before the Honorable Judge Walton in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen S. Gilson and Eric Olshan, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that, on March 2, 2015, Adolph Brown traveled from Akron, Ohio, to Farrell, Pennsylvania, for the purposes of completing a sale of approximately 722 grams of cocaine. While on his way to Farrell, the vehicle Brown was traveling in was stopped by police and searched. The search resulted in the discovery of the cocaine hidden behind inside a child’s car seat in the back seat of the vehicle. Upon the discovery of the cocaine, Brown voluntarily spoke with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who were leading the investigation In this interview with the FBI, Brown admitted that the cocaine was his and that he was on his way to sell the cocaine to a customer in Farrell. Drug lab reports later confirmed the amount and type of narcotics was approximately 722 grams of cocaine.

Judge Walton scheduled sentencing for November 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and not more than life in prison, a fine not to exceed $8,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the defendant’s detention.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation thethat led to the prosecution of Adolph Brown, with assistance from the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

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