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Monroe County Man Sentenced To Six Years’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking

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

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that Charles McRae, age 38, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 2, 2018, to six years in prison followed by three years’ supervised release, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for drug trafficking.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, McRae previously pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin in Monroe County on January 20, 2016.  McRae was arrested in July 2016, following a search of his residence, which resulted in the seizure of 199 bags of heroin and a digital scale.

McRae was indicted by a grand jury in December 2016.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local police from Monroe County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

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 to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

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.


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Updated December 4, 2018

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