Police in Pennsylvania recently arrested 16 individuals allegedly connected
to the local trade of prescription drugs. According to police, these types
of drugs are gateway drugs that lead people to start using more serious
drugs, such as heroin. The recent arrests on drug charges are the result
of an undercover operation that lasted an entire year.
Involved in the drug sweep were city, county and state police officers.
Police said that some drug sales that reportedly occurred took place in
public areas, including the parking lots of Burger King, K-Mart and Turkey
Hill. Police reported that the drugs that were being sold included morphine
tablets and oxycodone.
In a September case, a 25-year-old woman allegedly delivered a few tablets
of morphine to an informant and received $1,000. Police said one other
case involved the sale of 40 tablets of oxycodone for a total of $280.
Other reported drug deals involved heroin and cocaine. Those arrested
range in age from 23 to 59.
The individuals' drug charges will need to be proved beyond a reasonable
doubt. If this fails to happen, no criminal convictions can be handed
down in these cases. A person who faces drug charges may be given the
chance to enter a plea deal with prosecution and possibly receive lighter
charges. He or she may also decide to simply go to trial and fight the
prosecution's charges. Anyone who has been accused of a
drug crime in Pennsylvania has the same rights and legal protections afforded to
individuals charged with other types of crimes in our state.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Photos: 16 arrested - mostly for prescription drugs - in northwest Lancaster
County sweep", P.J. Reilly and Ryan Mellon, Dec. 15, 2014