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Luzerne County Man Charged With Drug Trafficking Offenses

February 27, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today the filing of criminal charges against Frank Suriano, age 44, of Pittston, Pennsylvania, with conspiring to distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride, and with distributing cocaine on numerous occasions.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the Indictment marks a continuation of an investigated into a Pittston area drug ring by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 60 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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