It has been found that the majority of people in federal prisons in Pennsylvania and around the country are there for drug-related offenses. The prison population has grown 800 percent from 1980 to 2012, and this growth has resulted in some lawmakers calling for reform. Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill cutting back on mandatory minimum sentencing.
A young Pennsylvania mother is facing several drug and other charges after law enforcement officials said they smelled marijuana emitting from her car and discovered drugs, handguns and ammunition in her possession. Police also alleged that the woman was involved in a heroin transaction from her vehicle while her two young children were seated in the back.
The opening statements for the trial of a Pennsylvania doctor who was accused of writing illegal prescriptions were scheduled to start on Sept. 22. The 45-year-old doctor was also facing charges for allegedly smuggling drugs into a county jail.
On Sept. 9, a Pennsylvania state court panel ruled that security officials from Alvernia University were within their legal rights to conduct a search and seizure in a student's dorm room. The Superior Court rejected a lawsuit that was filed against the university by a female student who claimed that the school had violated her privacy rights.
Police in Pennsylvania have reported that a 61-year-old Spring Township man was taken into custody on Aug. 28 in connection with an investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana in Berks County. Detectives say that they took the man into custody after an undercover narcotics buy in a Spring Township shopping mall parking lot. The man is alleged to have used his food, candy and tobacco distribution business to supply area convenience stores with the synthetic drug.
On Aug. 11, Pennsylvania authorities reported that a 35-year-old man was accused of distributing drugs in the form of baked goods at a music festival. The authorities who intercepted the goods that included chocolate, Rice Krispies Treats and fudge, stated that they contained hashish.
On July 24, five Pennsylvania men were accused of selling heroin to two men and one woman who overdosed and died. The individuals who were accused were identified as a 22-year-old Bridgeville man and four Pittsburgh men who are of the ages of 26, 54, 56 and 58.
Two former basketball players from a Pennsylvania university were reportedly charged with drug crimes on July 14. The report stated that the players, ages 21 and 22, were found to have drugs in their apartment. They are not currently enrolled at the university.
Several people are facing felony drug charges in Pennsylvania following a four-month series of investigations that shut down a heroin operation in the small community of Dillsburg in York County. On June 29, media sources reported that 11 people were taken into custody in the collaborative effort, which involved the Carroll Township Police Department, the York County Drug Task Force, the Cumberland County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police. Over 1,600 bags of heroin were seized during the operation.
Many Pennsylvania residents know that authorities cannot illegally search a person or their belongings and property. If they do, any evidence that is found may be inadmissible in court. In many cases this is true, but there are some exceptions.