Sugarloaf Twp. Man Indicted On Drug Charges

November 22, 2018

SCRANTON — A federal grand jury indicted a Sugarloaf Twp. man on Tuesday on charges of unlawfully importing controlled substances from foreign countries. Joseph Waschko, 37, 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, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. 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 and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case. The maximum penalty under federal law for each charge is five years’ imprisonment, should Waschko be convicted. — STAFF REPORT

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