July 16, 2015

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Law Violations

JOHNSTOWN, PA—A Pennsylvania resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Paul A. Robinson, Jr., 33, Philadelphia, Pa., pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from Jan. 31, 2013, to April 23, 2013, Robinson conspired to distribute less than 28 grams of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as “crack”. Robinson also distributed less than 28 grams of cocaine base on Jan. 31, 2013, and Feb. 12, 2013.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Oct. 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $3,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Robinson.