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Schuylkill County Man Sentenced to Prison for
Drug Trafficking Offense

June 22, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a Shenandoah man who participated in a drug conspiracy based in Schuylkill County was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to serve 25 months in federal prison.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Donald Reese, Jr., age 61, previously pleaded guilty to involvement in a Las Vegas-to-Pennsylvania methamphetamine trafficking operation in 2004 through 2006.

     Reese was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2009, 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. In all, more than 20 defendants, including Schuylkill County resident Michael Stockunas and members of the Las Vegas branch of the drug conspiracy, were charged in federal and state courts. Michael Stockunas pleaded guilty to drug, gambling and tax charges and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

     Others connected to the drug operation who have been sentenced include: Juan Rivera–188 months; Quentin Lee–87 months; Gene Klinger–60 months; Joseph Bepsistos–50 months; Joe Smith–41 months; Michael McGinley–20 months; and David Ricciardo–12 months.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that Judge Kosik also ordered Reese to serve four years of supervised release following his prison sentence, and pay a special assessment of $100.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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