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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.

Fourteen Pennsylvania residents are facing drug-related charges after authorities busted up what they claim was a drug trafficking organization. Four other individuals from California are also accused of conspiring to deliver cocaine and marijuana into Pennsylvania.

The individuals from Pennsylvania are reportedly residents of Venango, Crawford and Mercer counties. The charges against the accused range from possession of marijuana to criminal use of a communication facility. Authorities allege that the United States Postal Service was used to send at least one kilogram of cocaine and more than 100 pounds of marijuana from California to Pennsylvania.

In many such cases, prosecutors throw a slew of charges against the defendants with the hope that at least some of the allegations hold up in court. However, a criminal charge does not automatically lead to a conviction, and there are plenty of points along the way where investigators and prosecutors can make mistakes.

When a criminal case involves allegations of conspiracy, the factors that could lead to either an acquittal or a conviction are numerous. Accused individuals in these cases should be aware of the legal options for achieving the best possible outcome. 

Source:, "AG: Drug ring used mail to send pot, cocaine," Feb. 24, 2014

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