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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Philadelphia Man Conspired to Distribute Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A former resident of Philadelphia, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Kareem Jamal Jones, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, from Aug. 25, 2016, through Sept. 14, 2016, Jones conspired with a co-defendant to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute less than 100 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines 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 Jones.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 13, 2018