On Jan. 31, Pennsylvania authorities arrested 29 people for allegedly selling illicit drugs in Clinton County. The busts were the result of a lengthy investigation by members of the Clinton County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.
Media outlets reported that the operation targeted the distribution of cocaine, crystal meth and various prescription drugs around the county. During the year-long investigation, agents and informants made 41 drug purchases from the defendants in various locations, including Avis Borough, Lock Haven City, Mill Hall Borough and Woodward Township. These purchases included 12 crystal meth sales, 10 marijuana sales, three cocaine sales and two LSD sales. The transactions also included prescription drugs like Adderall, Xanax, Suboxone and Subutex.
On the day of the arrests, authorities used the U.S. Army National Guard's 728th Main Support Battalion Armory in Lockport as a temporary processing center for the defendants. From there, they were transported to local jails. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the Clinton County Drug Task Force in the operation, including the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, the Lock Haven City Police Department, the Keystone Central School District Police, the Pine Creek Township Police Department, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Marshals Service. The defendants were scheduled for arraignment at Clinton County Central Booking.
Drug distribution charges can lead to serious consequences for individuals who are convicted, including prison time, expensive fines, probation and a permanent criminal record. However, each defendant has the right to retain a criminal defense attorney and vigorously fight the allegations. In some situations, the attorney might fight grounds to get the charges dismissed. If that isn't possible, legal counsel might recommend negotiating a plea deal, which could reduce the charges and penalties.