Last updated: May 02. 2014 10:31AM - 4027 Views
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SCRANTON —Pittston resident Leroy Trudgen, 58, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison for his part in distribution of cocaine from his business “Roy’s Used Tires” and from area bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The office issued the following release:

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 5 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 co-conspirators 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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