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New Kensington Pill Seller Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

April 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of New Kensington, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to three years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Howard Schreckengost, 49.

According to information presented to the court, in November 2007, Schreckengost's former girlfriend, Lynette Coleman, was employed at a drugstore in Wellington, Fla., as a floor manager and pharmacy technician. Beginning at that time and continuing until June 2008, she used her key to enter the drugstore before it opened, and stole thousands of narcotic pills. She sent most of the pills, 200 or more at a time, to Schreckengost in New Kensington, who resold the pills to drug users for as much as $30 to $40 per pill. The "street value" of the pills was estimated to exceed $100,000. Postal inspectors determined 16 such packages had been mailed by Coleman, who was paid $7,000 or more for her efforts.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory J. Nescott prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Allegheny County Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Howard Schrekengost.

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