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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Monroe County Man Sentenced To 300 Months’ Imprisonment For Fentanyl Laced Heroin Distributions Resulting In Deaths

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Vincent Ingino, age 28, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania was sentenced on July 1, 2020, to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by three-years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for distributions of controlled substances resulting in two deaths.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Ingino was convicted by a jury in February 2020 on two counts of knowingly and intentionally distributing controlled substances that included a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, causing the deaths of two individuals.  In August 2018, Ingino drove to Patterson, New Jersey to obtain bundles of heroin for resale in the Stroudsburg area. Ingino first sold fentanyl laced heroin to a 24-year-old male on August 10, 2018; he made another sale of fentanyl laced heroin to a 28-year-old male on August 11, 2018.  Both men were found dead by friends and family the day after Ingino’s sales of drugs to them.    

At sentencing, members of both families made moving statements to the Court, which Judge Mannion acknowledged. 

The charges stem from a joint investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Scranton, the Pennsylvania State Police, and detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Olshefski and Jenny Roberts.

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. The Department of Justice 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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 2, 2020