Eleven people in Pennsylvania currently face criminal charges tied to a
drug distribution ring. The drug charges involve the distribution of heroin.
According to authorities, the operation ended up distributing over a million
dollars' worth of this drug over a period of four months in one county.
Police said the Route 93 was used as the main corridor to engage in the
drug distribution activities. It is for this reason that the investigation
was called Operation 93 Pipeline. The individuals charged in connection
with the alleged operation range in age from 19 to 58.
The individuals multiple charges include dealing in the proceeds of illegal
activities as well as criminal solicitation. Other charges include unlawfully
controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. The individuals also face charges such as using
a communication facility for criminal purposes and participating in a
Members of the public may be quick to label these 11 individuals guilty
of the drug crimes they are accused of committing. However, in the eyes
of the law, they remain innocent unless and until prosecutors can prove
they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This strict standard exists
so that people are not unfairly convicted and sentenced for crimes they
did not commit. This is particularly crucial in a case involving drug
trafficking, which is typically a felony accusation and thus is a more
severe offense than simple drug possession. Those who face drug charges
are guaranteed the same rights afforded to people accused of other types
of criminal offenses in Pennsylvania, and they have every right to protect
their interests and fight for a favorable result.
Source: 6abc.com, "11 charged in northeastern Pa. heroin trafficking case", May 5, 2015