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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY MAN ADMITS TO DRUG AND GAMBLING OFFENSES
Martin C. Carlson, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a 23-year-old Schuylkill County man pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to using a telephone to further a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and participating in an illegal gambling business.
Carlson stated that Michael R. Stockunas, also known as “Mickey,” admitted to assisting his father, Michael Stockunas, in his gambling business by collecting money from other bookmakers who laid-off bets to Michael Stockunas; and to using a telephone to arrange a drug transaction involving his father and Brian Specht. Specht, on February 23, 2009, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is awaiting sentencing. Michael Stockunas, Michael R. Stockunas’ father, is awaiting trial on numerous drug, gambling, and tax charges.
Michael R. Stockunas was indicted by a federal grand jury, along with his father and two others, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Pennsylvania State Police, the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office, and local police in Schuylkill County.
Michael R. Stockunas faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the drug charge, and up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the gambling charge. A sentencing date will be scheduled after a pre-sentence report is completed by the U.S. Probation Office.
Carlson noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.
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