Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

A Coaldale man is facing federal charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday, that Jerry Breck, III, age 34, of Coaldale, Pennsylvania, was indicted on July 11, 2017, by a federal grand jury for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Beck was found in possession of approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine at his home on July 5, 2017.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob is prosecuting the case.

Indictments 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 defendant is facing a mandatory minimum of five years and maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 maximum fine and lifetime maximum supervised release. 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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