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Member Of Carbon County Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced To 39 Months In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a member of a Carbon County-based drug trafficking conspiracy was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U. S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to 39 months in prison.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Imani Simelani, age 30, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, who used the street name “E,” previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and cocaine. Simelani admitted to being a member of the drug conspiracy from early 2006 to April 2007.

     Simelani was indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2007, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Simelani was one of 11 people charged in the case. Ten of the co-defendants pleaded guilty to drug-related charges and have been sentenced to prison. Krishna Mote, one of the leaders of the drug ring, was recently convicted after a jury trial and is awaiting sentencing.

     Judge Munley also ordered Simelani to be placed on supervised release for four years following his prison sentence and pay a fine of $500.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 17, 2015