Curwensville man to serve prison term over drug charges

A Curwensville, Pennsylvania, man was sentenced to serve time at the state correctional institution for the crime of delivery of a controlled substance by mail, a drug crime. The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a $1 fine on each charge and was sentenced to a prison term of between two and four years. His wife received four years of probation for drug offenses that derived from the same investigation.

Law enforcement personnel received reports of suspicious packages being mailed back and forth from California; these packages were mailed to the defendant's wife. About 16 packages were mailed to California while 11 packages arrived at local post offices. When another package arrived, the police were contacted, and a K-9 unit was dispatched to sniff it. When the dog alerted its handler to the possible presence of drugs, investigators requested a search warrant, which revealed marijuana in the parcel. The suspect's wife came to the post office the following day to retrieve the parcel and was arrested.

She was escorted to her residence, where she called her spouse. When he arrived, he agreed to a search of his home and car, and he confessed that the drugs in the parcel were his.

When someone is arrested because of a search warrant, a criminal defense lawyer can defend their rights. The attorney can look into the reasons for the warrant to ensure that law enforcement had probable cause. If the warrant was obtained illegally, a lawyer can request that the judge suppress the evidence in the case and dismiss all charges.

Source:, "Glace sentenced to SCI on drug charges," Dec. 10, 2012

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