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Ellwood City man found guilty on federal cocaine charges

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It took a federal jury just two hours to find 33-year-old Taurean Potter of Ellwood City guilty on charges relating to cocaine distribution. 

Potter was found guilty on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and one count of Distribution of Cocaine.

Assistant United States Attorneys Brendan T. Conway and Yvonne Saadi said, the evidence presented at trial established that Potter sold cocaine out of Ellwood City bars in 2017 and 2018, and sold cocaine to other cocaine dealers who further distributed the drug.

Potter also sold cocaine to an undercover narcotics agent with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office in October 2017. 

Potter is scheduled to be sentenced on October 31, 2019. He could face up to 60 years in prison, a fine of $4,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, his sentencing will be based on the seriousness of his offenses and prior criminal history or lack thereof.

The investigation that led to Potter's prosecution was conducted by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

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