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Description: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with distributing drugs.
Luis Morales, age 48, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, possessed with intent to distribute 1,987 grams of cocaine in a car travelling on Interstate 80 westbound in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 10, 2020. The cocaine was found during a traffic stop conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police. Morales was on state parole at that time following a 2017 Pennsylvania state conviction and 3-year to 6-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller and Special Assistant United States Attorney/Mercer County Assistant District Attorney Shane T. Crevar prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.
21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(ii) POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 500 GRAMS OR MORE OF COCAINE
Outcome: As to Count 1 of the Indictment, Defendant sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 60 months, 12 months of which to be served partially concurrently with any sentence imposed for his state parole violation, followed by 4 years of supervised release. Mandatory $100 special assessment imposed. Fine waived for inability to pay. Restitution not applicable. Forfeiture not applicable.