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Mercer County Man Sentenced to 2 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Crack Cocaine

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

PITTSBURGH – Harold Hooten was sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine base in 2021, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Hooten, age 44, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon. Judge Bissoon also ordered Hooten to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Mercer County Drug Task Force, the New Castle Police Department, the Sharon Police Department, the Hermitage Police Department, and the Farrell Police Department led the investigation in this case.

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten communities throughout the United States. OCDETF uses a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated February 28, 2022

Drug Trafficking