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Hazelton Man Charged in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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Yesterday, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Hazleton resident was arrested yesterday by federal agents for allegedly participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed cocaine and crack cocaine from January 2011 to the present. (www.fbi.gov)

According to the United States Attorney Peter Smith, a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton indicted Jose Angeles, also known as “Catalino Rivera-Felix” and “Tito,” age 53, in January 2014. The grand jury alleges that Angeles conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Hazleton area during a three-year time period.

The charges that Angeles face stem from an investigation by special agents and a task force of the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Hazelton police department and Sugarloaf police. According to the FBI, if Angeles is convicted of the charges he will face up to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of $1 million fine for each charge he is found guilty of.

According to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines the judge is also required to consider other factors such as the nature of crime, the seriousness of the charges and the history of the defendant. Other factors that the judge would look at are “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” (www.fbi.gov)

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