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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monroe County Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison On Drug Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion  sentenced Deshaun Lipscomb, age 26, of Monroe County, to 120 months’ imprisonment for drug and firearms crimes.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Lipscomb pled guilty in December 2017 to distribution and possession with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin (which is equivalent to approximately 4,000 individual doses), along with quantities of cocaine and marijuana, between January 2016 and February 2017.  Lipscomb also plead guilty to possession of a 9mm handgun in furtherance of drug trafficking. 

Lipscomb is a member of the Brick City Brims, a set of the Bloods criminal street gang.  In May, Judge Mannion sentenced Lipscomb’s codefendant and fellow gang member, Pablo Martinez, to 150 months’ imprisonment for the robbery and shooting of a drug dealer in Stroudsburg.  Martinez admitted to shooting the victim twice and pushing him from a pickup truck, all at high speed.  A third co-defendant, Orrett Campbell, fired several rounds from a .40 caliber handgun at the pickup truck while giving chase.  Judge Mannion sentenced Campbell to 96 months’ imprisonment in July.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police and was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was also 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 to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

 

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 7, 2018