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

Friday, October 14, 2016

Luzerne County Woman Sentenced To 57 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Gina Paglianite, age 48, of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment for selling cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin.   

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Paglianite had previously pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (crack) in Luzerne County between 2011 and July 9, 2013.  She also pleaded guilty to a separate count charging that she distributed heroin in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 2014.   

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.

In addition to the 57-month imprisonment sentence, Judge Mariani also ordered Paglianite to serve a three-year term of supervised release following service of her prison sentence. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.       


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Drug Trafficking
Updated October 14, 2016