Men Charged with Trafficking Cocaine

One of the largest drug seizures in Warren County has led to charges against three men are accused of conspiring to distribute and sell cocaine in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Linda Kelly says the arrests of 54-year-old Richard Cieslak Sr. of Pittsfield (pictured); along with 42-year-old Timothy Soliwoda and 56-year-old Thomas Lindstrom Sr., both of Spartansburg, are the result of an extensive grand jury investigation focusing on drug trafficking in the region.

According to the criminal charges, Cieslak coordinated the sale of large quantities of cocaine to drug dealers and users throughout the region, including sales to Soliwoda and Lindstrom - who allegedly resold smaller quantities to other users.

An August 2011 search of Cieslak's home, authorized by the grand jury, resulted in the seizure of about one kilo of cocaine - one of the largest drug seizures in Warren County. Agents also seized real estate belonging to Cieslak along with more than $8,000 in cash, three Harley Davidson motorcycles, an enclosed motorcycle hauling trailer and another vehicle.

Cieslak is in Warren County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. Soliwoda and Lindstrom were each released on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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