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New indictment is added to existing federal drug case

Many Pennsylvania residents are aware of a drug case connected to a home owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Deshea Townsend. The matter includes allegations of drug trafficking, drug sales, money laundering and even murder. A federal drug case is already underway, and the grand jury recently released a new indictment. Two men are now accused of assisting individuals involved in the case for using drug money to fund the purchase of two properties.

The money laundering charges center on the lease-to-own agreement between Townsend and one of the men charged with trafficking heroin and improper possession of firearms. Police believe that the two men helped to coordinate the real estate transactions, knowing that the money being used to fund the purchases came from the sale of illegal drugs. If convicted, the two men face federal prison sentences of up to 20 years.

In addition to the drug, firearms and money laundering charges, investigators are also looking into the shooting death of a woman connected to the case. She was shot and killed in her garage just a few days before she was scheduled to meet with prosecutors. Because the matter remains under investigation, it is unknown if any of the men who are already indicted for the other crimes are suspected of involvement in her death.

As this federal drug case moves forward in Pennsylvania, all four men who are charged will create individual defense strategies. The charges are all serious in nature, and a conviction on any count could lead to a lengthy term in prison. As the matter moves forward, each of these four men will have the chance to present a defense in a court of law. As of the time of this report, attorneys for the men have failed to comment on the matter.

Source: lancasteronline.com, "New charges in drug case believed linked to shooting death", Joe Mandak, April 30, 2015

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