Federal drug crimes often have more serious implications than drug offences that go through the state legal system. Anyone convicted on federal drug charges has the potential to serve lengthy prison sentences and pay a large amount in fines. A drug bust by federal and state authorities resulted in federal charges against several Pennsylvania residents who are accused of dealing bath salts.
The investigation that led to the arrests was a joint effort between the Pennsylvania State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance given by several local law enforcement agencies. Eight were arrested on federal charges in connection to the crime, including six from our state. One was arrested and charged separately in federal court, though he allegedly participated in this drug ring. In addition, six others were taken into custody and charged at the state level.
According to an indictment issued for eight of the accused, the alleged drug deals occurred in a period that began around Nov. 29, 2012 and ended around Dec. 1, 2013. They are accused of conspiring together to manufacture and distribute more than 6,000 grams of Methylone and bath salts. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison. In addition, all but one of the accused would forfeit $500,000 in proceeds from the alleged illegal activity.
Despite the fact that they are all purportedly conspired together, each of the accused must face these federal drug charges individually. According to reports, some have been released, while others remain in custody as they await their fates in court. The accused would likely benefit from having a defense team with experience in federal drug crimes that can protect their constitutional rights and determine which strategy would work in their best interests.
Source: The Daily Review, Simultaneous federal and state drug bust strikes down 15 local bath salt dealers, Tim Zyla, Dec. 20, 2013