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Inmate Sentenced To 17 Months’ Imprisonment For Possession Of Drugs And Contraband In Lackawanna County Prison

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 that Thomas Coss, age 37, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on June 17, 2019, to 17 months’ imprisonment by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, for possessing illegal drugs and contraband inside the Lackawanna County Prison.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Coss previously pleaded guilty to possessing contraband in prison. Coss admitted that between July 2015 and April 2016, while an inmate at the prison, he obtained, possessed and attempted to obtain suboxone and tobacco that were smuggled into the prison by others on several occasions. To date, four people have been charged in connection with the investigation.

Judge Caputo imposed the 17-month sentence to run consecutive to a sentence Coss is currently serving in state prison for an unrelated crime. Judge Caputo also ordered Coss to serve two years on supervised release following his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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Updated June 18, 2019

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