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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 25, 2022

Former Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 14 Years’ Imprisonment For Drug Distribution Resulting In Death

SCRANTON —The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Bogdon, age 28, formerly of Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to 14 years’ imprisonment for drug distribution resulting in death.  Bogdon was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release upon release from custody.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Bogdon previously pleaded guilty to drug distribution resulting in death.  Bogdon admitted that on December 12, 2017, he provided fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, to an 18-year old female in Kingston, Pennsylvania, causing her death. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Scranton, and the Kingston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

This case was part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.”

This case was also 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 March 25, 2022