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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania says a man indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2017  Marquese Whitted, age 33, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, last week to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in Schuylkill and Berks Counties.  

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Whitted admitted to conspiring with others to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin (which is equivalent to more than 4,000 bags of heroin as typically sold) and more than 50 grams of methamphetamine during April through October of 2016.

Freed says this case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police in Schuylkill County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Whitted faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment for the offense.