New Castle News

January 11, 2014

Two city men face federal drug charges

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two New Castle men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating federal narcotics laws.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said the six-count indictment, returned in Pittsburgh this week, named David Jonathan Stouffer, 36, of West Winter Avenue, and Robert Yakubik, 41, of Erie Street.

According to the indictment, from 2011 to November 2012, Stouffer and Yakubik conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

In addition, the indictment charges that Yakubik possessed with intent to distribute and did distribute oxycodone on or about the following dates in 2012: April 16 and 25, May 31, Aug. 30, and Sept. 5.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or both. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric S. Rosen is prosecuting this case. The case is assigned to Judge Mark Hornak.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Castle Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment.