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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 16, 2015

Luzerne County Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Distribute "bath Salts"

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 30-year-old Pittston woman pleaded guilty today in Scranton before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to participating in a conspiracy to distribute alpha-pvp, commonly known as “bath salts.”

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Tiffany Pradel, admitted to her involvement in the conspiracy during 2011 through 2013.

Pradel was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2014, following an investigation by Department of Homeland Security agents, the Pennsylvania State Police, and West Pittston Police.

The maximum sentence for the offense is 20 years in prison and a $1million fine.  Judge Mannion ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of the pre-sentence report.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 16, 2015