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

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

North Carolina Man Indicted in Johnstown, PA on Drug Charge

Johnstown, PA - A resident of Goldsboro, North Carolina, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Charles Triplin, 44, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, on June 21, 2021, Triplin was found to attempt to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

The law provides for a minimum sentence of 10 years to life, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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