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Schuylkill County Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

December 13, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that another member of a Schuylkill County-based drug trafficking conspiracy was sentenced to prison today in federal court by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Beth Koschak, age 23, was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Koschak previously 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. Koschak resided in Pottsville at the time of the offense. She pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on August 24, 2009.

     Koschak was 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. She was one of ten defendants charged as a result of the probe. All ten defendants have entered guilty pleas in the case. The leader of the drug ring, Zachary Guichard, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 72 months in prison.

     Koschak was also ordered to serve two years on supervised release and must pay a special assessment of $100.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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