The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today Curtis Riley, age 56, of Dayton, Ohio, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin and fentanyl.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Riley conspired with others beginning in 2017, to distribute the heroin and fentanyl. The indictment further alleges that Riley possessed with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and fentanyl on December 3, 2018, in Luzerne County. According to Freed, a kilogram of heroin is equivalent to approximately 40,000 retail bags of heroin.
Riley was stopped along Interstate 80 East in Butler Township for driving in the left lane when the right lane was available. The drugs were found in a hidden compartment inside of the vehicle.
The charges against Riley resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the cases.