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Connecticut Man Sentenced To 60 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Adonis Smith, age 39, of New London, Connecticut, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release on November 20, 2018, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Smith pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute controlled substances in Pennsylvania between approximately February 2016 through June 2016.  Smith admitted to working as a drug dealer and in the conspiracy, and to trafficking in excess of 15 grams of crack cocaine and in excess of 40 grams of heroin (which is the equivalent of 1,600 potentially fatal doses of heroin).

Smith was charged in June 2017 with 14 other individuals.  All of his co-defendants have pleaded guilty, with eight others having already been sentenced:

  • Kassandra Martin of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment;
  • Joshua Lenchick of Luzerne, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment;
  • Kristyna Shotwell of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment;
  • Tanay Jones of Bronx, New York, was sentenced to a time served sentence of 19 days’ imprisonment;
  • William Waring of Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment;
  • John Maybank of Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 53 months’ imprisonment;
  • Siobhan Daniels, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment; and
  • Luis Nevarez, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and by the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case also was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.


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Updated November 21, 2018

Drug Trafficking
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