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Middle District of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 10, 2017

Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 7 ½ Years In Prison For Role In Bath Salts Conspiracy

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that David Folweiler, age 29, of Pittston, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to serve 7 ½ years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute alpha-pvp, commonly known as “bath salts,” by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Folweiler previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute the drug during 2011 through 2014, in Luzerne County. Folweiler admitted to distributing a kilogram of alpha-pvp. Folweiler was one of seven people indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2014. All seven defendants have pleaded guilty.


The investigation revealed a nationwide operation to distribute “bath salts” based in Texas. The two Texas-based suppliers have also pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.


Judge Mannion also ordered Folweiler to spend three years on supervised release following his prison sentence.


The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Postal Inspectors, the Pennsylvania State Police, and West Pittston Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.



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Drug Trafficking
Updated February 10, 2017