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Tag Archives: drug crimes

Are Felony Drug Charges Helping Deter Opioid Use in Pennsylvania?

Drug-related deaths and overdoses are on the rise across the country, and Pennsylvania is one of the states hit the hardest by the opioid crisis. In fact, earlier this year, the state declared the epidemic a state of emergency, indicating just how serious the problem has become here. One of the tools state officials are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Extra Consequences of a Drug Crime Conviction

You likely have heard about all of the penalties that you potentially face with a drug crime conviction. Depending on the nature and severity of your offense, common penalties include significant fines, community service, probation, prison time and more. However, there are more ways that being convicted of a drug crime could affect you. Consider […]

Mobile Street Crimes Unit in Harrisburg Leads to 239 Arrests

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently announced that a task force instituted to combat the presence of prevalent violent and drug-related crime has been successful in Harrisburg. The Mobile Street Crimes Unit that was deployed to the state capitol resulted in the arrests of 239 people for a variety of drug and violence-related crimes.   […]

What Leads to a Charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver?

More than a dozen suspected drug dealers were nabbed in an early-morning raid in Berks County on September 3, 2014, in what officials are calling a response to concerned citizens. The 13 arrested individuals are believed to be low- to mid-level dealers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. All but one of them is charged with […]

Drug Treatment Courts Hailed as Successful

Drug and alcohol treatment courts clearly depart from the traditional judicial model. Nevertheless, their effectiveness in preventing recidivism and promoting true rehabilitation has been noted in nearly every jurisdiction where they are used. In Berks County, the Drug/Mental Health Treatment Court program began operation in 2005 to target a population of non-violent probation and parole […]

School Zone Enhancement is Broader than You Think

Many individuals arrested for possessing or distributing drugs are surprised to learn they are being charged with possession in a school zone. They adamantly contend that they did not know a school was nearby, that school wasn’t in session or that they had no intention to sell to students. What they do not realize is […]


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