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

Friday, June 29, 2018

Monroe County Woman Sentenced To 2 ½ Years In Prison For Role In Heroin And Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Shawnette Isaac, age 41, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to serve 30 months’ imprisonment today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, for her role in a heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy that operated in Monroe County during 2012 through 2015.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Isaac previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. Isaac admitted to traveling to New Jersey on several occasions to obtain a total of more than 80 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to approximately 3,000 retail bags of heroin, for distribution to others in the Monroe County area. Isaac also distributed heroin for the conspiracy in Monroe County.

Isaac was one of seven defendants indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2015. Six of those defendants have entered guilty pleas, including Daryl Trent who was sentenced earlier this week to 90 months’ imprisonment by Judge Munley.

Judge Munley also ordered Isaac to serve three years on supervised release following her prison sentence.  

The charges against Isaac and the other defendants resulted from an investigation by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police in 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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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated June 29, 2018