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Pittsburgh Man Conspired to Distribute Drugs in Erie

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

ERIE, Pa. – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Vincent Jamal Carter, 38, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. In addition, Carter admitted that this conviction is a violation of his conditions of supervised release.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from in and around September 2013 to in and around January 2015, Carter conspired with three co-defendants to possess with intent to distribute and distribute kilograms of marijuana that had been shipped to Erie from California.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for May 16, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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 Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Organized Crime Section, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Carter.

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking