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Luzerne County Man Sentenced to Prison for Importing Ketamine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 26-year-old Luzerne County resident was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to four and one-half months in prison for importing into the United States the illegal drug ketamine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Erich Chiogna of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, previously admitted to ordering the ketamine in early January 2012 from Lahore, Pakistan, and subsequently accepting delivery of the drug at a post office box in Pittston, where federal agents arrested him. Customs agents seized the ketamine when it entered the country in Maryland.

     Chiogna was charged in an Information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in February 2012. The charge resulted from an investigation by Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

     Chiogna was also ordered to serve three years on supervised release and pay a special assessment of $100.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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