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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

East Stroudsburg Man Sentenced To 40 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Robert Temple, age 52, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 19, 2021, to 40 months’ imprisonment to be followed by a 4-year term of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for trafficking in fentanyl and other illegal narcotics.     

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, from approximately October 2018 to October 2019, Temple conspired with others to distribute fentanyl, primarily in  Monroe County.  On October 3, 2019, following the execution of a search warrant at Temple’s East Stroudsburg residence, authorities seized over 90 grams of fentanyl, along with distribution quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and illegally obtained prescription pills.  The 90 grams of fentanyl seized from Temple’s residence corresponds to approximately 3,600 individual doses of the potentially lethal substance.                

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its state and local law enforcement partners in Monroe County.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery St. John prosecuted the case.

These cases are 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. The Department of Justice 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 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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 20, 2021