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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Somerset County Woman Admits Possessing Meth

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Somerset County resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Samantha E. McKenzie, 21, of Friedens, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on Jan. 14, 2013, McKenzie, along with another person, possessed with the intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Aug. 10, 2016, at 11 a.m.  The law provides for a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000.  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 U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police Troop A Barracks, the Somerset Borough Police Department and the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McKenzie.

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Updated April 15, 2016