A Towanda man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court to 87 months in prison for his part in distributing and possessing with intent to distribut methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
Clifford Mark Fleming, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.
The sentence included a term of 27 months' imprisonment for the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and a consecutive five-year term of imprisonment for the possession of a firearm.
The criminal charge stems from an ongoing and long-term investigation conducted by the state police, local authorities and the Drug Enforcement Administration into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in the Bradford County area.
The investigation included reviews of records of pharmacies, convenience, and retail stores to identify suspected purchases of methamphetamine ingredients.
Fleming was arrested, and agreed to enter a guilty plea to the above referenced crimes for which he was indicted.
In addition, Kosik ordered Fleming to pay a fine of $200 and serve a term of supervised release of three years.
Fleming also must pay $1,679 in restitution to the state police to cover the costs of the state police lab analysis of the items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Fleming's residence.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd K. Hinkley.