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Category Archives: Drug Charges

Private Money Flooding Pennsylvania to Fight Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has been the subject of considerable national attention over the last several years. The issue has been especially pressing locally, as Pennsylvania is one of the states with the highest numbers of opioid overdoses. It’s perhaps unsurprising that there has been a lot of debate among law enforcement officials and the state […]

Murder via Breastfeeding: A Crime Made Possible by Opioids

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has long stated that even infants of new mothers battling addiction can benefit greatly from breastfeeding. However, the organization does recognize the varying circumstances at play when mothers are addicted to drugs. In Pennsylvania, one mother has been charged with criminal homicide after her 11-week-old son died from a combination […]

AG Sessions: US Will Continue to Enforce Federal Drug Laws Despite Trump Marijuana Deal with Colorado

Earlier this year, a deal between President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado made headlines, as Trump promised he would support legislation to protect the state’s burgeoning marijuana industry. However, in recent remarks, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that despite the apparent deal, the federal government will continue to enforce the […]

Federal, State Authorities Ramp Up Fentanyl Enforcement

Both federal and Pennsylvania state law enforcement officials are more aggressively prosecuting drug crimes involving fentanyl, even going so far as to use statutes that had rarely been cited over the past few decades. In some cases, they are treating overdose deaths as homicides and are seizing larger quantities of the drugs and issuing conspiracy […]

Youngstown Area Residents Face Federal Drug Charges

Several people from the Youngstown area face federal drug charges for their reported involvement in a distribution ring for heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and fentanyl. Those illegal drugs likely made their way through Youngstown, Girard, Farrell and other nearby towns. Law enforcement officials charged the following people with 39 total counts in an indictment that […]

Police Shut Down Pennsylvania ‘Pill Mill’

A combination of state and local law enforcement officers recently busted a prescription drug ring operating in York County and other locations throughout Pennsylvania. According to a news release from the state attorney general’s office, the so-called “pill mill” was run by a 37-year-old woman who was charged along with nine other people. The suspects […]

What to Know About Drug Manufacturing Laws

Manufacturing of any controlled substance is strictly prohibited under federal law unless you have the proper licensing from state and/or federal authorities. While these laws most commonly arise in cases involving growth of marijuana or the cooking of methamphetamine, they can apply to any manufacturing case involving a controlled substance. Under the law, drug manufacturing […]

New Study: Tougher Drug Laws Don’t Lead to Fewer Overdose Deaths

A recent study conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project found that harsher drug laws that put more people in jail do not help reduce overdose deaths or general drug use. These findings come in the immediate aftermath of President Donald J. Trump calling for harsher sentences for drug offenders, including the death […]

College Republicans’ Panel Focuses on Treating Drug Criminals Rather Than Incarcerating Them

Penn College Republicans and Pennsylvania Young Republicans recently hosted a panel that discussed a variety of legislative reforms, including ways the criminal justice system could be improved. Panelists included former White House Counsel Jim Schultz, state Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-08), gubernatorial candidate and State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-PA) and Criminal Justice Task Force Director at […]

Death Penalty for Certain Drug Dealers? A Solution Suggested by the President

President Donald J. Trump has taken a hands-on approach to combating the opioid crisis in America, and at a recent rally revealed his latest idea for resolving the problem: the death penalty. Trump said he was inspired by his visit to China, which has the death penalty for certain drug crime offenders. His plans for […]

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