A Johnstown man would face a second stint in federal prison if convicted of peddling crack cocaine while he was on parole from a previous sentence.
John D. Malden, 39, of the 700 block Fronheiser Street, could receive up to 20 years behind bars if he is found guilty of distributing less than 28 grams – or 1 ounce – of the drug in April 2013, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.
In addition to prison time, the law permits a fine of up to $1 million upon conviction, although criminal history and other factors are considered, Hickton said.
Malden was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on a charge of distribution of cocaine base stemming from a controlled drug buy at a Richland Township shopping center parking lot.
Township police and Cambria County Drug Task Force agents said at the time that Malden was purchasing crack in the Pittsburgh area and then selling the drug in Richland and Hornerstown.
The alleged sale occurred while he was on parole from a seven-year sentence for crack cocaine sales in 2006 and 2007, court records show.
David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.