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Three Schuylkill County drug traffickers plead guilty

April 19, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that three members of a Schuylkill County-based drug trafficking conspiracy pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the trio admitted to participating in drug ring that distributed crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the Schuylkill County area during the spring and summer of 2008. Brianna Koschak, Benjamin Broad, and Aaron Dungan all entered guilty pleas to conspiring to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

     The three defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on October 7, 2008, as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)and local police in Schuylkill County. In all, ten defendants were charged as a result of the probe. The leader of the drug ring, Zachary Guichard, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 72 months in prison.

     All three defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Judge Caputo scheduled sentencing for the three for August 3, 2011.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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