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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Judge Minor Sentences Man To 34 to 68 Years For Drug Dealing

Snyder gets 34 to 68 years in drug ring case

By Brian Quinn

COUDERSPORT, Pa. —The Whitesville man who led a $2 million drug ring was sentenced to 34 to 68 years in prison this week.

In Potter County Court Wednesday, President Judge Stephen P.B. Minor also fined David Snyder $175,000, according to Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Leonard.

A jury found Snyder guilty Oct. 18 of the following charges: four counts of delivery of a controlled substance; two counts of delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; and one count each of criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine, criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. More...

34 comments :

Anonymous said...

and the man from Austin, down Costello way - got WHAT?????????????? After all these DECADES??????????? - Where is the JUSTICE???????????

Anonymous said...

the man from "costello" received 3 1/2 months to 23 1/2 months. if you think he is the only one in austin you are sadly mistaken. if they did a sweep of this town there would only be half the people left.

Anonymous said...

WHAT ABOUT THE PHARMACIST WHO HAD OVER 200 FELONY COUNTS. SHE GOT 3-6 YRS. I GUESS ITS JUST BOILS DOWN TO WHO YOU ARE IN POTTER COUNTY AND IF YOU HAVE RELATIVES WHO ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.THERE IS NO CONSISTENCY IN SENTENCING IN OUR COURTS.

Anonymous said...

Well the guy is 50, so add the 34 to 68 years to that and I'd take the bet that the dude just got life in prison. How much more than that do you want him to do?

Anonymous said...

I say good riddance. Now keep going and clean up the rest of the dealers in the area.

Anonymous said...

the pharmacist was a women what more do you need to know, poor little thing.

Anonymous said...

He should have come to Kane, he'd still be in business AND protected.

Anonymous said...

we live in a sick society

no, I'm not talking about the people dealing drugs. I'm talking about the people that think we are fixing problems by expecting everyone to be thrown in prison for 100 life sentences.

Heroin destroys lives, these people deserved to go to jail. Drugs are nasty. But the vindictive warped sense of justice this country has taken on is even nastier.

There is no sense of justice among much of the population, all they know how to say is "put em away for life!!!"

usually it's the same people that get dressed up to talk about forgiveness and the goodness of men on Sundays.

Think on this:

The United States has less than 5% of the worlds population.

The United States has nearly 25% of the world's prisoners.

"Land of the Free"
hahahaha!

Anonymous said...

He so deserves what he got!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

way to go Judge. Leete would have taken him home for dinner. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

whats the other people that were running the drugs for him gonna get?

Anonymous said...

9:43 just wait & see what the others will get! He should have got more than what he got! the flippin idiot sells to anyone he can sell to including young people! Great job Judge Minor! just think guys & gals, what would ya 's think if he sold to your kids or grandkids! He definitely got what he deserves & so will the other flippin idiots! they all need to get a life! & in prison for the rest of their lives! Drugs are RAMPANT today! Thank you 8:04!

Anonymous said...

If your kid overdoses..then your attitude will change about these strict sentences these dealers got.

Anonymous said...

If my kid overdoses, my attitude on my kid and my own parenting will change.

Drugs always have and always will exist. The fact you think you can make it go away by locking up everyone who seizes on the insane business potential our war on drugs has created is going to happen. No matter how TOUGH ON CRIME you are.

This is the complete failure of our logic regarding drugs, and why we fail. Yet all of you would gladly see them double, triple, quadruple resources to the same failed policies that have been failing for the last 50+ years.

You all have learned nothing from history, nothing from prohibition and you will be doomed to repeat those failures until you wake up.

If your kid overdoses, try blaming YOUR PARENTING first and YOUR KID second. Unless the drug dealer broke into your house, held down your kid in his bed and injected him... that is where the true blame lies.

It's called personal responsibility.

It's what people do when they stop lashing out brainlessly and impotently at the worlds problems instead of learning how to deal with reality as responsible individuals.

Until you realize the wisdom in this, enjoy your ever increasing taxes to pay for the war on drugs.

The defense and prison industries thank you for your ignorance and your hard earned cash.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me 11:36, none fact, drugs have been put in drinks without them knowing it, so do not be blaming it on parenting! druggies prey on young people!

Anonymous said...

12:46 you are sick and live on making excuses. If a "young person" is in a situation where drugs can be put in their drink, well they are hanging in the wrong places with the wrong people!

Anonymous said...

34 or more years living on our tax dollars? I agree that drug dealers need to be punished, but these type of lengthy sentences given our over-crowded prison conditions is scary....Would 10-15 years get the message thru? Maybe, but we'll never know because he'll be living off of our tax payer $ much longer than that.

Anonymous said...

to 11:36pm - Well Said...if there is no demand, the suppliers go away!

Anonymous said...

Also to poster 11:36, there are parents out there who teach their kids right from wrong and that they should never do drugs but what path our kids chose to take we cannot control. When your children are at home and you are parenting responsibily you have more control over where they go, what they do, and who they are with. You must be involved. However once you send your children out in the world it is an entire different story. You hope that your children use what you have taught them but it does not always work that way. Mistakes do happen it is how we learn. So it is not ALL about parenting and the kids, it is about getting these scumbags off the streets and away from our children so there is less temptation for our children to chose the wrong path.

Just Me said...

Well if drug dealers get 34 to 68 years in prison, then pedophiles should get the death penalty, the war on drugs has been going on since I was a kid, it's 100 times worse now with prescription drugs being sold on the street. It's a war we'll never win, for every dealer you lock up there's probably many more that pick up where he left off. As for it being a "parenting" thing that's nonsense. If someone wants drugs they'll find them. You can bet ever who bought drugs off of Mr. Snyder have already found a new source to by from. The sentence of 34 to 68 years is just stupid. Tax dollars at work. I hope he appeals and it's lowered.

eyes wide shut said...

11:36 - what a breath of fresh air! Don't expect any agreement on here. Nobody seems able to look any deeper into themselves than the surface knee-jerk reactions that cover up any real self-involvement.

Anonymous said...

there will always be drugs and drug dealers...how about we teach our children the right way of doing things. you can crab all you want about well he sells drugs or he sells to children...well why is that? and why are children buying it and why are they getting the funds to buy it?

Anonymous said...

just hang them without trial everything from possession to dealing. that will pix the problem. no need for a jury druggies are always guilty!

Anonymous said...

12:46, you're an idiot.

11:36, very well put. i love how people love to scream "but what about the CHILDREN"... when it was their own negligence as parents that allowed their kids to do things like this.

don't get me wrong, i don't disagree with Judge Minor's sentence- however, when parents start ranting and raving and blaming anyone but themselves for their kids' behavior, it just rubs me the wrong way.

RACHEL PRESTON said...

Man arrested with cocaine in Milesburg sentenced to 3 years in prison

He had 400 grams and dave gets this sentence....i dont care what you think but i can tell you this is someones father!!! a husband and son...... so watch your tongue!!

Anonymous said...

Someones father, husband and son who contributed to the corruption of many other husbands, fathers, sons and even daughters..... Many of them minors at the time of their first contact with this man. He destroyed many people in his wake by enabling them to participate in his drug ring. He was a bad influence on those young people he lured into his game and would have been a worse influence on his own children if given the chance. Good ridence. His family is far better off with him locked away where he has a chance to become clean and maybe one day come out rehabilitated and contribute to society instead of destroying it.

Anonymous said...

these people got less charge's why
for all we know they might have been dealing from synder.
Child Abuse Leads Cops To Weapons/Drug Charges
A Ulysses Township couple, charged last week with physically abusing two teenage girls, are now in jail on drug, conspiracy, and weapons charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport.
Robert Christopher Martin, 44, of 404 Sweden Hill Road, Ulysses, PA, was arraigned on 120 charges after Coudersport based State Police, armed with a search warrant, found more than 28 weapons, a variety of illegal drugs, and a large amount of cash at his home and in another trailer on his property last week.
Martin, who was in jail on child abuse charges in a separate incident last week, was returned to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $500,000. bail set by Magisterial District Judge Delores G. Bristol. He faces a preliminary hearing on November 2, 2010.
Martin was prohibited from possession, use, manufacture , and sale of firearms due to a felony conviction of drug “Possession With Intent To Deliver” in Chester County, PA in 1994.
Martin’s wife, who goes by the name of Cynthia Jean Zurawa, 35, of 404 Sweden Hill Road, Ulysses, PA, was arraigned this Monday on 91 charges in connection with that search. She was jailed in lieu of $500,000. bail, awaiting a preliminary hearing set for November 2, 2010 in Judge Delores G. Bristol’s courtroom.martin got 8 years his wife gets a slap on the hand

Anonymous said...

8:45 you are on 100%!!!

Anonymous said...

I see alot of flinging around and placing blame on only one or two individuals and so on. I see alot of people having a problem facing reality and realizing that this problem rests with ALOT of people, not just a few. Yes, Parents need to take responsibility in their kids lives, educate them, tell them what they can and cannot do, talk with them, and do their best to keep them out of trouble. BUT in the end, all they can do is do the best they can. You cannot ALWAYS know what your kids are doing unless you are following them 100% of the time. Drugs are so easily obtained, even in school. So no matter how much preaching and teaching you do as a parent, another thing comes into play that can influence your child as well. Peer pressure. You all should full well know that children dont always make the best choices. Who to hang out with, what to do, ect. They WILL make bad choices. Sometimes they impact their lives in very bad ways, like the choice to try a drug. Also you should stop to think about the fact of teachers in schools. Teachers have the responsibility to educate these kids on the dangers of drugs, and do their best to show them what can happen. They have to make it absolutely clear to these kids that this is NOT a joke. And we all full well know that not every teacher is a good teacher, sometimes we find some in the bunch that could just care less or have given up. Teachers need to play their part as well, and always watch out for troubling signs. If they should see anything that troubles them and makes them concerned about a child, they should by any means try and find out if their concerns should be followed up, and mention it to the guidence councilor and then their job is to prod even further and try and see if there is anything to be concerned about, and to let these kids know that they are their for them. Society has to watch out for these kids too. They should look for troubling signs and do something when they should arise as well. Its EVERYONES job to keep these kids on the right path. Not just a select few.

As for punishment for the drug dealers and users, well I honestly feel that the punishment isnt ever strict enough. They get it way too easy in prison, and then when they come out half the time they havent learned crap, and even been taught how to be tougher and such while on the streets. Honestly my opinion is that if they are gonna deal, then they have no use to society, so why bother allowing them the chance to return to society? And why should society pay for THEIR mistakes? We didnt make them a drug dealer. We shouldnt have to pay for them to get food, clothes, a place to sleep, and so on. That should be THEIR responsibility. Any and all savings of theirs and any money they have should be put into the prison system, and they should all be forced to work at something, and get no money for doing it. Why pay them? Make them pay the prison system for the right to be there. And this goes for any and everybody that gets arrested. If they dont sentence these dealers to death, then make them work their asses off for the right to their cells.

So really, I feel that yes, we are not strict enough with the laws on drug dealing and using. They are not afraid to spend time in jail cuse jail is too comfy for them. They just laugh it off and enjoy their time there. Many are guarenteed to return there as well. And like I said, the kids are EVERYONES responsibility, not just the parents. The kids even have a responsibility to each other. They should try and hold them up and suggest other ways to "Have a good time" or deal with problems and such rather then do drugs. Instead they are taught to just look the other way, or to ignore problems that dont involve them. Its time to realize that these problems are everyones business, and that they should not be ignored by anyone.

Anonymous said...

Re the Martin/Zurawa case: Last I knew he was going to get back over $20,000??????-and she was at the gym.

Anonymous said...

"REST IN PEACE" Christa Stone. We love and miss YOU!!

Anonymous said...

this is what i think of every thing
people just need to stay out of other people life's and let them learn for them self's there are good people and there are bad..but it seem's like in today'world people out there put there nose in where it don't belong
some people make good choice's other make bad..but we learn from are mistake"s
but other people get blamed for other people saying stuff about other people as well..but i wish people would back off on the martin and zurawa case.
(nanc)
ps i dont care what people think
god bless every one out there

Anonymous said...

people just need to get a life!!!!
and back off on others and deal with there own life

Anonymous said...

AMEN POST Monday, December 5, 2011 7:20:00 PM EST AND Monday, December 5, 2011 8:42:00 PM ES SO SO TRUE