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Bloomsburg and Kulpmont Residents Charged with Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

June 28, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania today announced the return of a eight-count indictment against Renard Durant and Jeffrey Tripp. The indictment charges Durant and Tripp with the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana in Northumberland and Columbia Counties.

     On June 19, 2012, Durant and Tripp were arrested, and a federal complaint was filed.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that Durant and Tripp conspired to obtain heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana in New York and transported it to Northumberland, Columbia, and Luzerne Counties for delivery to purchasers of those controlled substances. The indictment also alleges that Durant and Tripp used residences in Bloomsburg and Kulpmont to keep and store controlled substances, cash, and materials used to process and re-package controlled substances for distribution and sale.

     If convicted of all the charges alleged in the indictment, Durant and Tripp face a total maximum term of 120 years in prison, a lifetime supervised release term, a fine of up to $6 million; and a special assessment of $600. Durant, age 25, is a resident of Bloomsburg. Tripp, age 26, lives in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania.

     The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Columbia County Drug Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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