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Pittston Man Sentenced To Eight Years’ Imprisonment For Role In Drug Conspiracy

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 today that on October 23, 2017, United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Richard Chalmers, age 41, of Pittston, Pennsylvania to 96 months’ imprisonment for his role in a drug conspiracy. 


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brander, Chalmers conspired to distribute approximately 60 grams of heroin throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania between February and April of 2016.  This amount of drugs equates to approximately 2,400 personal doses of heroin.


Chalmers was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 25, 2016, and pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on January 24, 2017.


The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob 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.


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Updated October 25, 2017

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