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Lackawanna County Man Indicted for Conspiracy
To Distribute Heroin

November 22, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today Everett Salvesen, age 33, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton for conspiracy to distribute in excess of a 100 grams of heroin throughout both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. The indictment also charges Salvesen with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, Salvesen conspired with others to distribute heroin over a period beginning in October, 2009 through August, 2011.

     If convicted, the charges carry a minimum penalty of five years and up to 60 years in prison and fines in the amount of $6,000,000.

    The case was investigated by the Scranton Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.


An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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