A Pennsylvania man has been indicted following a joint investigation by local and federal authorities. As of the time of this report, it is unclear whether he has retained legal counsel in the matter. He has every incentive to present a strong response to these federal drug charges, as the repercussions for a conviction are severe.
The investigation was conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the Scranton Police Department, in conjunction with the office of the Lackawanna District Attorney and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is alleged that members of the police force purchased heroin from the 24-year-old man. That led to a search warrant for his residence.
Upon searching the home, police assert that they discovered and seized around 91 grams of heroin. In addition, a coffee bean grinder with heroin and various items of drug paraphernalia were allegedly found within the home and removed by police. Nearly $6,000 in cash was also seized as evidence.
The 24-year-old Pennsylvania man is now facing serious federal drug charges, including distribution of heroin, conspiracy to commit the same and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Should he be found guilty of these charges, he could end up spending many years behind bars in a federal prison facility. As he prepares his response, the potential punitive measures are likely a motivating factor in constructing a plan to avoid conviction in the matter. Once he secures a defense attorney, the process of evaluating the evidence and working out a course of action will begin in earnest.
Source: westmorelandtimes.com, "Man charged with federal heroin trafficking offenses", Oct. 28, 2015