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Luzerne County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Heroin Trafficking Charges

August 27, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County man pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge James M. Munley to the charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Richard Chamberlain, age 38, of Hanover Township, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in the Luzerne County area between January and November of 2011.

     Chamberlain faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

     The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and the Kingston and Hanover Police Departments.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


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