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Federal Drug Charges Archives

18 charged in connection with alleged PA drug trafficking

When a person is accused of trafficking drugs across state lines, he or she could face state and federal charges. Prosecutors also have an array of options when deciding what allegations to bring. People accused of drug trafficking often face additional charges such as money laundering and conspiracy. Anyone accused of such offenses would be wise to seek legal representation with experience in mounting a criminal defense on both the federal and state levels.

Judge gives Pittsburgh man life sentence after cocaine conviction

Back in August, Attorney General Eric Holder repealed federal policy requiring that prosecutors pursue the maximum possible penalty for defendants accused of drug crimes. The new policy is aimed at protecting non-violent drug offenders from penalties that don't fit the crime.

Trial leads to guilty verdict for man accused of drug conspiracy

Could an unsuspecting individual be tricked by sophisticated drug traffickers into transporting large sums of money across state lines? That was a claim in the defense of a man recently tried in federal court in Pittsburgh.

6 years for man accused trafficking cocaine into Pittsburgh area

If federal prosecutors have announced charges against an individual suspected of drug trafficking, then authorities have likely conducted a thorough investigation, and defendants should expect an aggressive prosecution to follow. Defendants faced with this situation will need a strong criminal defense throughout the entire legal process to achieve a favorable outcome.

No preliminary hearing for University of Pittsburgh professor

A 52-year-old pharmacy professor at the University of Pittsburgh is facing serious drug charges after a colleague noticed what were described as "suspicious" drug purchases. The professor is accused of using federal grant money and school funds to purchase anti-anxiety medication and painkillers to be injected.

DEA sought new information after October acquittals

Back in October, two men were acquitted of federal charges after being accused of taking part in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that prosecutors claim was headed up by a Pennsylvania man. Since the acquittals, federal agents have taken additional steps in an effort to link co-defendants to the alleged conspiracy.

Pennsylvania residents indicted on federal drug charges

Federal drug crimes often have more serious implications than drug offences that go through the state legal system. Anyone convicted on federal drug charges has the potential to serve lengthy prison sentences and pay a large amount in fines. A drug bust by federal and state authorities resulted in federal charges against several Pennsylvania residents who are accused of dealing bath salts.

Reduced sentence for Peters man accused of drug, weapons crimes

Extensive case preparation is often the key to a favorable outcome for a defendant facing federal drug charges. The objective of a strong criminal defense is to uncover any mistakes investigators or prosecutors may have made. It may be possible that revealing such mistakes will result in a reduction or dismissal of charges. If the evidence presented by federal prosecutors is likely to result in a conviction, however, then negotiating for a reduced sentence should become the defense's top priority.

Grand jury indicts Luzerne County man on drug, weapons charges

When prosecutors are able to link the possession of a firearm to federal drug trafficking charges, the possible penalties are severe. The mandatory sentencing guidelines are even harsher if a convicted felon is found to be in possession of a firearm while engaging in drug trafficking.

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