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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Monroe County Man Charged With Heroin Trafficking

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 22-year-old Monroe County resident was arrested yesterday for allegedly distributing heroin during June and July of last year.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Emmanuel Delcastillo, a/k/a “Capo,” of Tobyhanna, was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2014, and had been a fugitive from justice until surrendering to federal agents today. The indictment alleges that Delcastillo distributed heroin on June 26 and July 1, 2014, in Monroe County. 

The charges stem from an investigation by special agents and task force officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Delcastillo was arraigned yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Scranton. He was ordered to be detained in prison pending trial, which is scheduled for May 14, 2015.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa is prosecuting the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 40 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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