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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of trafficking cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Johnny Lee Jones, 46, of Pittsburgh, PA, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, on March 13, 2017, Jones knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for September 6, 2018, at 2:15 p.m.  The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $5,000,000, 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 Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bethel Park Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jones. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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Updated April 9, 2018