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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Long Island Man Sentenced To Prison On Drug Charge

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Long Island man was sentenced on January 29, 2015 in federal court in Wilkes-Barre, by Senior United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo, to serve 42 months in prison on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methylone.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Richard King, age 30, a resident of Long Island, New York, pleaded guilty to the charge in September of last year. King was ordered to serve an additional 3 years’ under court supervision upon his release from prison.
King was charged after an investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The investigation commenced after law enforcement agents in Tennessee seized approximately three kilograms of methylone, a controlled substance “club drug,” commonly known as “molly,” that had been imported into the United States from China.  The investigation revealed that individuals in Luzerne County were importing the drugs from China and distributing them in Pennsylvania to Richard King, and others, who then distributed the drugs in clubs in New York City.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Houser.

Updated April 16, 2015