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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty in Johnstown Federal Court to Drug Charge

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A 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.

Kenneth Watts, 35, pleaded guilty to one count in the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, from Mar. 6, 2018, through Apr. 2, 2018, Watts and a co-defendant conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence for Watts 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 Watts.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 8, 2019