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State trooper faces drug charges after sting operation

When someone is convicted of a drug-related offense, it can impact their freedom, financial situation and the rest of that person's life. In some cases, even being charged with a drug crime can impact a person's job.

Such is the case for a Chester County state trooper. The eight-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police has been suspended from his job without pay and is facing multiple charges related to both the purchase and sale of drugs.

Authorities conducted a sting operation with the 37-year-old trooper, who works at the Avondale Barracks, as the target. A confidential informant reportedly had told police that the trooper was purchasing cocaine from him and that he had seen the man, who lives in Reading, using cocaine both here in Pennsylvania and in Delaware. His typical purchases from the CI were allegedly anywhere from "1/16 of a gram to an eight ball." An "eight ball" is an eighth of an ounce of cocaine.

Law enforcement conducted a sting operation in the parking lot of a New Garden Township McDonald's. There, they say that they witnessed the trooper purchasing an eight ball of cocaine from a confidential informant. The cocaine, they say, was for the trooper's personal use.

The trooper has been released from jail on $50,000 bail. However he is facing multiple charges, including criminal use of a communication facility. Under Pennsylvania law, a "communication facility" can include "telephone, wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photo-optical systems." The crime is a felony.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense, it's essential to get legal help. While the potential penalties can be severe, it may be possible to participate in a drug treatment program that can ultimately be more beneficial to the defendant and the community. Your attorney can discuss the options with you and help you work towards the best possible resolution of your case.

Source: WGAL 8 News, "PA State Trooper charged with buying, selling drugs," Susan Shapiro, Aug. 15, 2016

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