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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wilkes-Barre Woman Charged With Cocaine And Heroin Trafficking

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today the filing of a criminal information against Amy Rogen, age 39, of Wilkes-Barre, charging her with conspiring to distribute cocaine base (crack), cocaine hydrochloride, and heroin. 

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith stated the Criminal Information filed today in U.S. District Court in Scranton alleges that the defendant and unnamed coconspirators obtained the controlled substances in New York City for distribution in rooms rented at motels in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties between 2011 and 2013.

     The government also filed a plea agreement which is subject to approval by the Court.   

     Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is twenty years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 9, 2015