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Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison on Drug Charges

JUN 26 (SCRANTON, Pa.) – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced yesterday, in federal court in Scranton, by United States District Judge Malachy Mannion, to serve 160 months in prison on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Michael Murray, age 36, a resident of Maryland pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in November of 2013. 

Murray was charged after an investigation conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.  An Indictment was filed against Murray and nine other persons on May 21, 2013.  The charges against Murray arose from his involvement in heroin trafficking. Murray was sentenced as a career offender under the United States Sentencing Commission Sentencing Guidelines.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Mannion ordered that Murray be supervised by a probation officer for four years following his release from prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Houser.


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