The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 29, 2012

Two area men indicted on federal drug charges

WILLIAMSPORT — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Thursday announced the return of an eight-count indictment against Renard Durant and Jeffrey Tripp.

The indictment charges Durant and Tripp with the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana in Northumberland and Columbia counties.

On June 19, Durant and Tripp were arrested, and a federal complaint was filed.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that Durant and Tripp conspired to obtain heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana in New York and transported it to Northumberland, Columbia and Luzerne counties for delivery to purchasers of those controlled substances.

The indictment also alleges that Durant and Tripp used homes in Bloomsburg and Kulpmont to keep and store drugs, cash and materials used to process and re-package the drugs for distribution and sale.

If convicted of all the charges alleged in the indictment, Durant and Tripp face a total maximum term of 120 years in prison, a lifetime supervised release term, a fine of up to $6 million and a special assessment of $600. Durant, 25, is a resident of Bloomsburg. Tripp, 26, lives in Kulpmont.

The case was investigated by the state police, the Columbia County Drug Task Force and the FBI in Williamsport. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

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