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LEADER OF METHAMPHETAMINE RING GETS 20-40 YEARS IN STATE PRISON

 LEADER OF METHAMPHETAMINE RING GETS 20-40 YEARS IN STATE PRISON
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The head of an organized- crime ring that sold methamphetamine in Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia today was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison, Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. announced.
 Three other members of the ring that authorities say had ties to the Scrafo organized-crime family in Philadelphia also were sentenced to prison terms by Bucks County Common Pleas Court by Judge Edward G. Biester Jr..
 Stocker, 66, was convicted by a Bucks County jury in June 1990 of charges related to a drug operation that prosecutors said did $52 million worth of business between 1981 and 1987.
 "Based on our investigation, we charged that the defendants not only dealt in large amounts of illegal drugs, but also engaged in extortion backed by threats of violence and even stole from each other," Preate said.
 "Our investigation determined that Roy Stocker was the leader of this organization, and I'm pleased that he has been sentenced to a stiff prison term.
 "This prosecution, which has been conducted by Deputy Attorney General John J. Burfete Jr., is part of my continuing effort to crack down on drug trafficking and organized crime in Pennsylvania".
 A total of six defendants have been convicted or pleaded guilty to charges in the case, Preate said.
 Biester today sentenced both Michael Caputo, 49, of Blakeslee, Monroe County, and Kenneth Schwartz, 54, of Maple Shade, N.J., to 2-4 years in prison, and sentenced Robert Kallaur, 32, of Philadelphia to 7-20 years.
 Preate said sentencing for two defendants is pending and two other suspects in the case are awaiting trial.
 The charges were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury and were based on a probe conducted by Preate's office with the cooperation of the State Police, Bucks County District Attorney's office, Philadelphia District Attorney's office, Philadelphia Police Department, Bristol Township Police Department, the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service.
 Funds to assist the investigation were provided by the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network.
 Preate said that in 1989 authorities seized Stocker's home in Pocono Lake, Monroe County, charging that the property was purchased with proceeds from drug trafficking. The home, valued at as much as $300,000, was forfeited to the state under provisions of the state's Drug Forfeiture Act.
 The attorney general also noted that Stocker was convicted in February 1991 on federal charges relating to the operation of the drug ring. Sentencing on that conviction is pending.
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