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Blairsville resident pleads guilty to narcotics violation

by The Indiana Gazette on July 06, 2013 11:00 AM

A resident of Blairsville pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David. J. Hickton announced Wednesday.

Brittany McCune, 23, of 534 Old William Penn Highway, Blairsville, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea from the spring of 2011 to May 15, 2012, McCune, along with co-defendants, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison and a fine of $4 million or both, according to Hickton. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and 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 Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana Borough police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McCune. Other agencies participating in this investigation included the state attorney general’s office, the Cambria County Drug Task Force, the Cambria County Sheriff’s Department, the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, the Indiana County Drug Task Force and the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office.

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