SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that William Terron, age 35, of Reading, Francheska Quinones, age 26, of Reading, Amanda Boyle, age 36, of Sweet Valley, Rudolph Ford, age 30, of Olyphant, and Adam Holcomb, age 35, of Shickshinny, Pennsylvania were indicted on December 11, 2018, by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The indictment was unsealed following the arrests of the defendants.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that defendants conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, more than 100 grams of heroin, and more than 500 grams of cocaine in Schuylkill, Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties between January 2017 and the present. One hundred grams of heroin is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 individual doses of heroin.
The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Pennsylvania State Police, the Kingston Police Department, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalty for the charge under federal law is up to life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $10,000,000 fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.