A Carbon County man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Scranton to the charge of distributing cocaine.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Joseph Revell, 21, of Lansford, admitted to distributing cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and September 2012.

Revell is the fifth defendant to enter a guilty plea in connection with the joint federal-local investigation.

Previously, Bonnie Vosburgh, 22, of Nesquehoning, Victoria Argott, 34, of Lansford, Ceres Lozada, 27, of Nesquehoning, and Alexander "Butch" Sommers, 47, of Summit Hill, entered guilty pleas and admitted to participating in the same cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Nesquehoning and Lansford police departments.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O'Hara.

In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 40 years' imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.