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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Franklin County Woman Sentenced To 27 Months In Federal Drug Trafficking Case

The United States Attorney=s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo sentenced Perla Roman, 32, of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to 27 months of incarceration for her participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy.  On July 28, 2014, Roman pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. 

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, from 2010 to 2013, Roman and others distributed cocaine hydrochloride in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  This organization obtained cocaine in Chicago, Illinois, transported it back to the Waynesboro, PA area and distributed it in the surrounding counties as well as Maryland and Virginia.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 9, 2015