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Snyder County Man Charged With Conspiracy To Distribute Over 100,000 Prescription Pain Pills Using Priority Mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Clyde Eugene Snyder, age 71, of Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, was charged by criminal Information on March 18, 2019, with conspiracy to distribute over 100,000 Schedule IV prescription pain pills using the United States mail.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the criminal information alleges that from April 2015 through April 11, 2017, Snyder and co-conspirators used the United States mail to distribute in excess of 100,000 Tramadol and Carisoprodol pain medication tablets to sellers and users of those controlled substances throughout the United States.  The criminal information further alleges that Snyder received multiple international parcels from Germany containing Tramadol and Carisoprodol tablets, and he used his residence in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania to receive, store, and repackage the controlled tablets.  It’s further alleged that after repackaging the drugs, Snyder mailed the tablets in United States Postal Service Priority Mail parcels to conspirators at locations throughout the United States, including Maryland, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and Alaska.  Snyder and the conspirators communicated concerning shipments of Tramadol and Carisoprodol tablets using social media, including Facebook.

The Information charges Snyder with one count of conspiracy to distribute tablets containing the pain medications, Tramadol and Carisoprodol, listed under Schedule IV of the federal Controlled Substances Act.  

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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 guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is five (5) years of 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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Updated March 20, 2019

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