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Schuylkill County Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2012

     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, Olando Guichard, age 33, Newport News, Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Guichard 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. He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on October 27, 2011. Guichard's role in the conspiracy was limited to collecting a drug debt for his brother and the leader of the conspiracy, Zachary Guichard.

     Guichard 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. He 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. Others connected to the drug ring who have been sentenced are: Carlton Beckford–63 months in prison; Aaron Dungan–36 months in prison; Benjamin Broad–26 months in prison; Dorthea Willimas–24 months in prison; Brianna Koschak –16 months in prison; and Beth Koschak–16 months in prison.

     Guichard was also ordered to serve four 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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