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Prison counselor facing federal drug charges

A man who works as a counselor in a Pennsylvania prison has been accused of the possession and distribution of drugs. While the full details of the case have not yet been made public, the prison worker has been placed on administrative leave and will not be paid while the matter is resolved. Should he be convicted on these serious federal drug charges, he would lose his position with the prison after completing nearly 29 years of service.

The 51-year-old is accused of having crack cocaine in his possession, and of intent to distribute the same. He is also charged with possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs. Federal authorities have not clarified whether the charges are in relation to the man's employment at the prison, or whether others have been charged in connection with the case.

The prison counselor is active within his community, and served on an area school board for a period of three years. He also ran for a position on the Wilkes-Barre City Council last year. As part of that process, he publicly spoke out against drug use, and promised to address the drug trade that impacts the Wilkes-Barre community.

As this case moves forward, it is important to note that not every criminal charge results in a conviction. There are many cases in which individuals in Pennsylvania face federal drug charges and are eventually found to be innocent of those accusations. In this case, the man's defense team will carefully examine all of the evidence held by the prosecution before determining a course of action. Should the matter go to trial, the man's history of service to the community may play a significant role in his defense.

Source: timesleader.com, "Luzerne County Prison worker Louis Elmy facing felony drug charge", Jennifer Learn-Andes, Feb. 19, 2016

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