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Pennsylvania woman sentenced to prison in federal drug case

In Pennsylvania, a woman who pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges on July 28, 2014, has now been sentenced to 27 months in prison. News sources say that the 32-year-old Waynesboro woman appeared in front of a U.S. District Court judge for sentencing on Feb. 10. A release issued by the office of United States Attorney of the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicates that the woman was part of an organization that distributed cocaine hydrochloride in three states from 2010 until 2013.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case, which was prosecuted by an assistant United States attorney. According to reports, the organization transported the cocaine to Waynesboro from Chicago before distributing it between Virginia, Maryland and the middle district of Pennsylvania. Later in court, the woman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy with others to distribute and possess the controlled substance.

In Pennsylvania, a drug case is a serious matter. Federal drug cases are even more complex than state cases and may carry mandatory and often life-altering consequences upon conviction, including a potentially lengthy period of incarceration. In addition, conspiracy charges may routinely accompany drug charges in federal cases.

However, a conviction in a federal drug trafficking and conspiracy case is not a foregone conclusion. A skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to uncover fatal errors made by federal agents in the course of the investigation that could lead to a beneficial outcome for a charged individual. After reviewing the facts and legalities of a client's case, the attorney could help the individual negotiate a successful plea or defend the case aggressively in court if the client chooses to go to trial.

Source: Chambersburg Public Opinion, "Waynesboro woman sentenced to 27 months in federal drug trafficking case," Feb. 10, 2015

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