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Heroin case nets guilty plea

by The Indiana Gazette on April 21, 2014 10:59 AM

A resident of Northern Cambria pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, United States Attorney David J. Hickton has announced.

Casey Lex, 29, of 506 David St., Northern Cambria, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from April 2012 to March 8, 2013, Lex conspired with others to possess and distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, according to a press release.

Gibson scheduled sentencing for 10 a.m. on Aug. 21. The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5 million or both, according to prosecutors.

Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the FBI and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lex.

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