In Pennsylvania and other states, when situations include both state and federal charges, the state charges may be dismissed in order to more aggressively pursue the federal charges, which usually carry more severe sentences. Such appears to be the case regarding federal drug charges filed against three people in another state. They have each been indicted and have entered not guilty pleas.
An undercover police officer is said to have signaled other law enforcement agents working with him to move in on suspects allegedly selling methamphetamine in their sting operation. Officers claim they arranged a meeting with three people who agreed to sell the drug. The purported sale may have been worth as much as $90,000.
At one point during the supposed undercover purchase, one of the defendants reportedly entered the officer's vehicle and traveled to a location where they met the other two defendants. The three are accused of agreeing to sell six pounds of meth for $12,000 per pound. The undercover officer gave a signal for other officers to move in for an arrest once the drugs were confirmed as methamphetamine.
Federal drug charges often carry mandatory minimum sentences, so it is typically within defendants' best interests to secure experienced and aggressive defense assistance to obtain the best possible outcome in court. A criminal attorney can begin helping anyone suspected of drug crimes in the state even before arrests have been made. If there is reason to believe that one has been named in a federal drug investigation in Pennsylvania, a call can be made to a defense lawyer to seek immediate guidance.
Source: southernminn.com, "COURT REPORT: Waseca bust brings federal charges for $90,000 drug deal", Suzanne Rook, Accessed on Sept. 12, 2016