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WILKES-BARRE – A Wilkes-Barre woman and a man from Georgia were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday based on accusations they sold a large amount of crack cocaine from a house on South Meade Street earlier this year.

Michelle “Shelly” Forlenza, 41, of South Meade Street, faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a single count of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

Corey “Conrad” Thomas, 21, of Buford, Ga., was indicated on one count each of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

The crimes happened between January and July, according to the indictments.

The indictment came after undercover state troopers with the Vice and Narcotics Unit with the state police at Wyoming arrested the two in July.

According to the criminal complaints filed in Luzerne County Court:

Undercover troopers searched Forlenza’s apartment on July 21 and found a large quantity of crack in a bedroom and living room, crack that was already packaged for sale, about 2 pounds of marijuana in the attic and drug paraphernalia.

Forlenza’s bail was reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 at her preliminary hearing held Sept. 27. She was not listed as an inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Thomas is being held at LCCF for lack of $175,000 bail.

SCRANTON – A New York man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison for taking sexually explicit pictures of a 6-year-old girl in Hazleton earlier this year.

Jeffrey Boyd, 61, of Rochester, was indicated by a federal grand jury in February after an investigation by the FBI, state police at Hazleton and Hazleton police.

According to the indictment and criminal complaint, Boyd traveled from his New York home to Hazleton to take pornographic pictures of the girl.

U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik ordered that Boyd be placed on lifetime supervision by the U.S. Probation Office after his release from prison. Boyd must also pay a $5,000 fine and agreed to forfeit his Mazda Miata, which he used in the crime.

WILKES-BARRE – Larry West, 36, of Birbeck Street in Freeland, was sentenced Tuesday to nine to 18 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two girls.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Toole sentenced Toole on charges of criminal attempt, indecent exposure, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, and indecent assault.

A jury in June convicted West of the charges.

Police said West, from June 2002 until December 2004, sexually assaulted the girls, ages 10 and 11, at homes in Freeland and in Wilkes-Barre.

Toole on Tuesday also determined West fit the criteria of a sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law. The judge also ordered West to serve five years of probation after prison.

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