A Summit Hill man is facing a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison after admitting his role as a drug dealer in federal court.

Alexander Sommers, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. Middle District Court to federal drug trafficking charges.

The plea was entered before Senior U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to whom Sommers confessed to aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

Attorney Peter J. Smith of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Sommers played a role in a drug dealing operation in the Carbon County area by assisting others in distributing the drugs between January 2011 and December 2012.

Sommers' former girlfriend, Victoria Argott, 34, of Lansford, is currently serving a 40-month sentence in a federal prison, having previously been sentenced for participating in the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O'Hara. It stems from an investigation that was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Nesquehoning and Lansford police departments.

In addition to the maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment under the federal statute, Sommers is facing a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine.

His sentencing has been deferred.