Reading men indicted for allegedly trafficking cocaine in Berks and York counties

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HARRISBURG, Pa – Two men allegedly involved in drug trafficking in York and Berks Counties were indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Ruben Guadalupe Morales, 25, and Jose G. Avila, 28, both of Reading, were charged in an indictment with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms and more of cocaine hydrochloride and 280 grams of crack cocaine during January through April 2016.

Each man was also accused of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine on April 27. Avila was also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of U.S. currency totaling approximately $137,000 seized by law enforcement agencies during the investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the York City Police Department.

Both men were arrested on April 27.

If convicted Morales, and Avila each face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. Avila is also subject to a five-year mandatory minimum for the firearms charge which must be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed.

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