February 2, 2018

Two more defendants charged in drug and sex trafficking conspiracies

SCRANTON—A federal grand jury in Scranton returned a second superseding indictment, charging two additional defendants, Arthur Taylor, 35, of Tobyhanna, and Jordan Capone, 23, of Mt. Pocono, with participating in Monroe County-based drug and sex trafficking conspiracies.  

The second superseding indictment charges Taylor, Capone, and Jamiell Sims, 29, of East Stroudsburg, with conspiring with each other and others, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”), percocet, molly (MDMA), and heroin in an operation that allegedly stretched from New York to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania to the state of Maine. The second superseding indictment alleges that the drug trafficking conspiracy began in 2010 and continued until the present.

It is also alleged that the defendants were involved in trafficking more than 100 grams of heroin, which is approximately equivalent to more than 4,000 retail bags. Sims is also charged with four counts of distributing heroin in September-October 2016, and Capone is charged with possession with intent to distribute molly during 2012-2014.

The charges against the defendants resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, Maine State Police, and local police in Monroe County.

Defendants could face various maximum prison terms of from 20 to 40 years, depending on the crimes.


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