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May 2, 2014

Pittston Man Sentenced for Involvement in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Senior United States District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik yesterday sentenced Leroy Trudgen, age 58, of Pittston, Pennsylvania, to 97 months’ imprisonment for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine between 2007 and April 2012.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Trudgen’s role in the conspiracy included obtaining cocaine in New York City and bringing it to Pittston, Pennsylvania, where he and his coconspirators distributed it at his business known as Roy’s Used Tires and at various bars in Luzerne County. A federal grand jury sitting in Scranton, Pennsylvania, indicted Trudgen and nine others on the conspiracy charge in May 2012. On November 13, 2013, Trudgen pleaded guilty to the Indictment. In addition to the 97-month term of imprisonment, Judge Kosik ordered that Trudgen be placed on supervised release for a period of three years following the service of his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.

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