A former Farrell man has admitted selling two ounces of crack to an informant working with law enforcement agencies.

“I’m guilty of the crime,” Robert D. “R.R” Russell, 24, most recently of Fruit Ave., Farrell, said Monday, when asked why he is pleading guilty.

Russell faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for his plea to a charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of crack cocaine.

U.S. District Court Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Pittsburgh, set sentencing for 10 a.m. Sept. 9.

Russell is one of 23 people charged this year by federal authorities during an investigation of drug and gun sales in Farrell and Sharon. He is the fourth to plead guilty.

Russell reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh, which will cut some time off his guideline sentencing range. Cohill must consider the range, but is free to issue any sentence within the law.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Rivetti said the informant was looking for someone else when he met up with Russell on Oct. 1. Russell offered to sell crack to the informant, and met the informant at about 2 p.m. in front of an unnamed bar in Farrell, where Russell sold an ounce for $1,000 in the informant’s car, Rivetti said.

The informant said he wanted another ounce, and Russell left, returning a short time later with the additional crack, also sold for $1,000, Rivetti said.

As part of the plea agreement Russell gave up his rights to the 1987 Chevrolet Caprice he used to drive to and from the deal site. However, defense attorney Richard C. Schomaker, Pittsburgh, said the car is Russell’s baby’s mother’s car, given to her by her grandfather, and she did not know what Russell was using it for.

Federal authorities will seek the forfeiture of the car, which the woman is likely contest.

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