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Palmer Township police arrest man on drug charges

A man who was first accused of shoplifting was later arrested on felony-level drug charges. The 29-year-old was arraigned on a recent Wednesday for two counts of drug possession with the intent to deliver relating to Fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

The arrest happened in connection to an incident on June 25, when police were called to Boscov's department store. Police were told that the department store was holding a man it believed had shoplifted a $40 pair of pants. In addition, the department store's security personnel told police they believed the man had drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person.

The red flags of embezzlement: What companies look for

Embezzlement is a common criminal act that many Pennsylvania residents have been accused of, and some of them wrongly so. Often, inappropriate embezzlement charges come about because an office worker exhibited the so-called "warning signs" of embezzlement, which triggered a red flag with the employer. Here are some of the most common red flags of embezzlement:

1. An unusual decrease in profits

3 common types of securities fraud

"Securities fraud" is a legal term that covers a broad array of unlawful activities. One type of securities fraud that almost everyone has heard of is known as insider trading, for example, but there are many more.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of securities fraud that could result in civil and/or criminal allegations:

1 way to defend against a pharmaceutical drug charge

It's unlawful to possess prescription drugs without an actual prescription. If police pull you over on the road, carry out a search and discover you're in possession of prescription pills – but the pill bottle isn't the original container from the doctor with your name on it, you could find yourself in serious trouble with the law. Although a prescription drug possession crime is not usually as serious as a cocaine or LSD possession crime, these criminal charges come with stiff consequences for those who are convicted.

Fortunately, you might have a very easy way to defend yourself if the drugs were lawfully yours. During the initial phase of your criminal proceedings, you will simply need to product clear evidence that you had the right to possess your medication. This evidence might include:

  • The original pill bottle that contained your medication that lists your name, the prescribing physician and the types of drugs inside.
  • A letter from your doctor indicating that he or she prescribed you this medication and you were, therefore, in lawful possession of it.
  • A receipt from the pharmacy that contains your relevant information, your doctor's name and details about your prescription.

Greensburg officer's numb lips lead to crack cocaine bust

During a drug bust operation in Greensburg, an officer accidentally ingested an unknown white powder causing his lips and throat to become numb. Officers then proceeded to arrest three individuals on suspected drug dealing charges. As of last reports, the arrested individuals -- a 36-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman -- were being held at the Westmoreland County Prison.

The drug-related investigation and arrests were prompted when police issued a parking ticket at a Greensburg intersection to a man who had left his vehicle in the intersection. While issuing the ticket, police received information that a woman wanted in Allegheny County -- the 39-year-old referenced above -- was in a home close by where a drug overdose fatality had occurred in early July.

3 examples of high-profile white collar crime cases

White collar crimes happen all the time, and sometimes they happen on a very grand scale. When the people or organizations that committed these large-scale crimes get caught, the case tends to get featured across all the national news networks. In the text that follows, we'll examine three such high-profile white-collar crime cases that were very big news in the not-so-distant past:

Credit Suisse and tax avoidance crimes

Advice for quitting a cocaine addiction

Many Pennsylvania residents have found themselves in trouble with the law as a result of a cocaine addiction. Although a minor possession conviction will not result in extremely serious criminal consequences -- especially if it's a first-time offense -- the more times you are convicted of this crime, the more serious the punishments will get. As such, if you're facing drug charges relating to a cocaine habit, you might want to consider doing something to address your addiction once and for all.

Here's some general knowledge advice as it pertains cocaine addiction:

  • If you have a severe addiction to a cocaine, you should consult with a physician before attempting to get off the drug. Quitting cold turkey could result in extreme cravings and dangerous relapses.
  • Casual users of cocaine will have better success quitting the drug on their own. However, a physician's assistance is always recommended.
  • Quitting cocaine, especially after heavy and regular use, will result in various withdrawal symptoms such as depression, fatigue, poor sleep, increased appetite, slowed activity and agitation.
  • Quitting cocaine will not be a pleasant experience physically, emotionally or mentally. Be prepared for a strong reaction from your body.

The most dangerous drugs according to the federal government

According to the federal government, some drugs are more dangerous than others. As such, these more dangerous drugs have more severe punishments associated with them. To classify drugs according to "seriousness," the federal government has categorized controlled substances into several different categories.

Here are the five classifications of drugs according to the federal government.

When should I seek a plea bargain?

Every criminal defendant dreams of being able to assert the perfect criminal defense to obtain a verdict of not guilty. However, in the face of irrefutable evidence brought forward by the prosecution, some criminal defendants will be up against an insurmountable obstacle. They won't be able to secure a not guilty verdict, no matter how many cutting-edge defense strategies they attempt to deploy.

For example, imagine that you were accused of shoplifting. You'd like to deny the charges, but surveillance video footage clearly shows you surreptitiously taking the item at issue, putting it in your backpack and trying to leave the store without paying for it.

Pittsburgh plumber accused of fraud

Sitting quietly next to the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of East Carnegie, Green Tree and Banksville, Scott Township doesn’t often get a lot of attention. However, a local TV station recently focused on allegations of a white collar crime against a plumber in the suburb.

WPXI says a Scott Township homeowner claims he was defrauded of thousands of dollars for home improvement work that was never carried out.

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