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Ex-cop pleads guilty in Pennsylvania drug case

A 38-year-old man formerly employed as a police officer in Hughestown has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking scheme. The Moosic resident was a member of the Houghestown Borough Police Department at the time of the alleged crimes, and the charges against him in part relate to the abuse of his position of trust as a member of the department.

According to a July 15 announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the former officer admitted to distributing some 750 pills of oxycodone in the course of the drug trafficking operation and to the possession of a firearm in relation to the drug operation. The man's alleged involvement in the drug distribution scheme lasted from August 2012 through July 2013.

Persons accused of federal drug trafficking charges may wish to employ defense counsel as penalties for such felonies can be severe. In this instance, the former police officer faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a period of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

A criminal defense attorney in a case similar to this one would likely examine the evidence in order to determine the strength of the prosecution's case. If the case appeared to be largely circumstantial, or if some elements of the state's evidence appeared to have been obtained illegally, the attorney might be able to convince a judge that the case should not come to trial at all. In any event, a criminal defense attorney would likely be able to determine if the defendant had been improperly charged, and, if so, could argue that the defendant should face lesser charges.

Source: Timesleader.com, "Former Hughestown police officer pleads guilty to drug trafficking", July 15, 2014

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