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Scranton, PA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced  Joseph Waschko, age 37, of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 20, 2018, for unlawfully importing controlled substances.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Waschko is charged with three counts of unlawfully importing Tramadol, which is a Schedule IV controlled substance, from India, Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred on or about June 15, 2015, June 14, 2016, and June 30, 2016.

The charges against Waschko resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Postal Inspection Service who faces up to five years imprisonment on the charges.

Waschko was charged in 2009 with charges including simple assault, harassment, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. Those charges were dismissed following completion of Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition agreement with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s office.