Thursday, November 1, 2018

Schuylkill Haven Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Trafficking

A Schuylkill Haven woman has plead guilty to have taken part in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Thursday that Laverne Schaeffer, age 46, of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on October 30, 2018 before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Schaeffer admitted to conspiring with her husband, Ernest Schaeffer and others to distribute methamphetamine to customers in the Schuylkill County area. Schaeffer committed the offense between July 2016 and May 24, 2017, in Schuylkill County and elsewhere.

Schaeffer was indicted by a grand jury along with three other persons in August 2017. Schaeffer’s husband Ernest previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

As part of a plea agreement, Schaeffer agreed to forfeit dozens of acres of real estate in Schuylkill County—property that Schaeffer and her husband used to store and distribute methamphetamine.

Judge Mariani ordered a presentence report to be completed and sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police from Schuylkill County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

This case is 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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.

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