Allentown Man Stopped by PSP on I-80 Sentenced for Possessing Cocaine

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PITTSBURGH – Luis Morales was sentenced to five years (60 months) in prison for possessing with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Morales, age 48, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan. Judge Ranjan ordered that Morales serve four years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Morales 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.