Man pleads guilty to narcotics
April 06, 2013 10:59 AM

JOHNSTOWN — A Blairsville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David Hickton said Friday.

Jeffery Cline, 21, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Blairsville, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson.

According to Hickton, from the spring of 2011 to May 15, 2012, Cline, along with co-defendants, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxymorphone in the pill form known as Opana.

Sentencing for Cline is scheduled for Aug. 20.

The law provides a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million or both.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence would be based on the seriousness of the offense and prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Among the agencies participating in the investigation that led to Cline’s prosecution were the FBI, state police, Indiana police, the Indiana County Drug Task Force and the Indiana County district attorney’s office.

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