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Pennsylvania Man Admits Selling 1.5 Pounds of Meth to an Undercover Cop

Assistant Dis­­trict Attor­n­ey Pete Weeks, in a statement to the press in late September, announced that a man from Altoona, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and to criminally use communication devices. According to information revealed by the Assistant District Attorney, the dealer had been buying large quantities of methamphetamine from suppliers on the darkweb ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Man Charged With Distributing 12,000 Xanax Pills and Other Drugs from the Darknet

An 18-year-old man known as Noah Hendricks, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, was recently charged in August with distributing a variety of drugs he had obtained from darknet drug markets. Noah Hendricks, the son of Selinsgrove Borough Council Vice President Shane Hendricks, had already been in prison for much of this year related to drug robbery case. His bail was eventually revoked ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Man Admits “Designer Drug” Importation

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to importing controlled substance analogues into the United States from sources in China and elsewhere, a United States Attorney said in a press briefing that followed the man’s guilty plea. According to the announcement, the Scranton man had ordered packages of Hexen and other substituted cathinones for two years. Jeffrey Swanberry, a 45-year-old from Pittston, ... Read More »

Customs Seizes 110 Pounds of Fentanyl in Pennsylvania

Only days after state and federal law enforcement agencies rounded up five major fentanyl suppliers in eastern Pennsylvania, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 110 pounds of fentanyl at a port in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The seized fentanyl, according to CBP agents, was worth almost $2 million. Pennsylvania is not a stranger to fentanyl. Nor is the state unfamiliar ... Read More »

Two Pennsylvania Men Charged for Fentanyl Distribution

Jamil I. Chapman and his nephew Nasai J. Chapman allegedly used the darknet to import fentanyl and carfentanil from China to their residence in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Authorities announced that, in total, the men had ordered *fentanyl packages on seven occasions and received between 400 and 500 grams of the drugs. The investigation began in 2017 after a neighbor reported ... Read More »

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Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Pill Distribution

On August 31, U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced 36-year-old Franklin Tejeda to 87 months in prison for his part in an international pill trafficking organization. Tejeda, according to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, imported hundreds of thousands of Schedule ll and Schedule IV pills between 2014 and 2016. The press release from the United States Attorney’s ... Read More »

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Indicts an Alphabay Carfentanil Vendor

A grand jury indictment from August 1 accused an Alphabay vendor of conspiracy to distribute two drugs, along with the distribution of another three. The vendor, a Florida resident known as “Gman19635” on Alphabay and Robert M. Gilner by the United States government, faces a maximum sentence of a lifetime in prison, and a mandatory minimum based on his priors ... Read More »

Pennsylvania State Prosecutor Pays $1,400 in Bitcoin as Ransom

The computer of a Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala, a state prosecutor in Pennsylvania, was infected by a ransomware known as Avalanche. Zappala paid US$1,400 in bitcoin to decrypt his computer and gain access to his files. Avalanche is arguably the largest ransomware operation to date which was cracked down by the the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ... Read More »