A Farrell man faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years after pleading guilty to selling about one-fourth of an ounce of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with police.

Henry A. Bruce, who also goes by the appealing nickname of “Stink Lowe,” 28, of 919 Hamilton Ave., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack.

Bruce was picked up during an investigation by federal and state authorities of Robert “Doodie” Shannonhouse, 37, of 203 George St., Farrell, who also is facing federal drug charges, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti, Pittsburgh.

Rivetti called Shannonhouse a “long-standing crack cocaine dealer” and said the informant, who was wired so his conversations were recorded, went to Shannonhouse’s place on Jan. 31, 2007, to buy crack.

Rivetti gave this account:

The informant was allowed to enter the house and he saw Bruce counting money. Shannonhouse said he believed the amount of money was $36,000.

Shannonhouse asked the informant if he wanted to buy marijuana. When the informant said he wanted to buy dope, a slang term for crack, Shannonhouse said he would have to talk to Bruce.

Bruce said he had some in his jacket, and Shannonhouse retrieved the crack, weighed it, and sold 6.5 grams for $250.

Bruce also told the informant he could get larger quantities of crack.

Bruce and prosecutors signed a plea agreement, which was sealed. Rivetti said he could not comment on whether Bruce would testify against Shannonhouse and the other defendant, Robert D. “Punchie” Major, 25, of 317 Wallis Ave., Farrell.

U.S. District Court Judge Arthur J. Schwab accepted the plea and set sentencing for Feb. 8.

Bruce faces a 10-year minimum sentence because of a 2005 conviction on a charge of possession of crack with intent to deliver. Bruce was on probation when he was arrested for the federal charge, and Schwab told Bruce the probation could be revoked and he could be resentenced with the new sentence imposed consecutively to his federal sentence.

Bruce and Shannonhouse are being held in Allegheny County Jail. Major was arrested in North Carolina and was ordered held until trial by a judge there. Rivetti said he had not been informed that Major had been brought back to Pittsburgh.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and state and Sharon police conducted the investigation.

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