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February 2014 Archives

18 charged in connection with alleged PA drug trafficking

When a person is accused of trafficking drugs across state lines, he or she could face state and federal charges. Prosecutors also have an array of options when deciding what allegations to bring. People accused of drug trafficking often face additional charges such as money laundering and conspiracy. Anyone accused of such offenses would be wise to seek legal representation with experience in mounting a criminal defense on both the federal and state levels.

Authorities say Pennsylvania men stole world's largest mined ruby

Four Philadelphia men have been accused of stealing the world's largest mined ruby, which is valued at $2 million and carved in the shape of the Liberty Bell. Federal prosecutors claim the men were part of a theft ring that allegedly committed heists in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Federal arson, conspiracy charges for Pennsylvania ironworkers

A Pennsylvania federal prosecutor's office declined to say whether wiretaps or wired informants were used in the investigation of an ironworkers union in the Philadelphia area. Evidence gathered over the course of three years has been used to bring federal charges against 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401. Two of the accused individuals are business officials for the union.

Feds charge Oakdale man with interstate sex crime

Federal authorities can quickly get involved in a criminal investigation if police believe that a suspect traveled across state lines with the intention of committing a crime. Drug trafficking is one of the most common types of interstate offenses, but an allegation of traveling across state lines with the intention of committing a sex crime can also carry a federal status.

Sharpsburg company cooperating in Target hacking investigation

A Pittsburgh-area business has gotten tangled in the recent hacking of Target stores throughout the United States. Hackers are believed to have installed malware in the checkout system for about 1,800 stores. It's estimated that, during the holiday season, the hackers accessed 40 million credit card and debit card numbers, along with the personal information of 70 million customers.

Judge gives Pittsburgh man life sentence after cocaine conviction

Back in August, Attorney General Eric Holder repealed federal policy requiring that prosecutors pursue the maximum possible penalty for defendants accused of drug crimes. The new policy is aimed at protecting non-violent drug offenders from penalties that don't fit the crime.

Update: Charges against wife to be dropped in PA gambling case

Earlier this week, we discussed the federal gambling-related charges against a father and son in Montgomery County. The mother of the family was also facing a banking charge related to the gambling allegations, but a judge recently said the banking charge would be dropped. That is, if all of the other people charged in the case plead guilty to illegal gambling and racketeering.

Father, son reach plea deal over federal gambling charges

Three years ago, using backhoes, the Federal Bureau of Investigation dug up the yard of a private residence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Investigators uncovered PVC pipes containing $1 million in cash, and the owner of the home and his son, along with 14 others, were later charged with illegal gambling and racketeering.

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