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Grand jury indicts two Schuylkill County men for oxycontin trafficking

October 3, 2011

    The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury returned a six-count superseding indictment on September 20, 2011, charging two men with participating in an Oxycontin trafficking conspiracy that allegedly operated in the Schuylkill County area and elsewhere since July 2010.

    According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Stephen Nesspor, age 52, of West Lawn, Pennsylvania, and Richard Law II, age 59, also of West Lawn, are charged with conspiring with each other and others to distribute Oxycontin. The grand jury also charged Nesspor and Law with related counts of distribution of Oxycontin.

    The superseding indictment seeks the forfeiture to the United States of two residences in West Lawn, Pennsylvania, allegedly used by Nesspor and Law to facilitate their Oxycontin trafficking.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    U.S. Attorney Smith noted that each of the defendants faces a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a period of supervised release of between three years and life to follow any sentence of imprisonment if convicted of the conspiracy charge. Each count of distribution of Oxycontin also carries a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and at least three years of supervised release.

    The Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center has noted that long term abuse of Oxycontin (oxycodone) can lead to physical dependence and addiction–-similar to heroin addiction-- which can result in withdrawal symptoms such as muscle and bone pain, insomnia, vomiting, diarrhea, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements if individuals cease using the drug. Large doses of the drug can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.

    Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

An indictment and criminal information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proved the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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