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Federal drug charges for Pennsylvania man

A Pennsylvania man is facing serious charges related to the distribution of illegal drugs. His arrest follows an investigation conducted by the Monroe County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police. An indictment in the matter leaves him facing federal drug charges and in need of an aggressive legal stance if he wishes to avoid conviction.

The 22-year-old is a resident of Tobyhanna. Authorities assert that he was in possession of heroin within Monroe County on four separate occasions over a period of two months in 2014, and that he intended to distribute the drug on all of those occasions. He is also charged with the actual distribution of heroin.

Should he be convicted, the federal statute allows for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for these charges. In addition, a period of supervised release can be added to the end of that sentence, and a fine of up to $ 1 million could be levied. Because the penalties for these crimes are so severe, the young man will likely want to take immediate and aggressive legal action in the matter.

When structuring a defense in similar cases, a Pennsylvania legal team may begin by assessing all of the evidence held by the prosecution. When the circumstances merit, an accused individual will try to convince the court that he or she is not guilty of the federal drug charges that he or she faces. When it appears that a conviction is likely, the negotiation of a plea agreement may serve to allow for reduced penalties or reduced charges. 

Source:, "Tobyhanna man charged with distributing heroin", Leanne Recla, April 1, 2015

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