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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Scranton Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Federal Heroin Trafficking Offense

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Scranton man was sentenced today in Wilkes-Barre by Senior United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to serve 5 years in prison for heroin trafficking.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Camilo Andujar, aka “Melo,” age 24, previously pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin.  Andujar was indicted by a grand jury in October 2015. 

The charges stem from an investigation in which police made a purchase of heroin from Andujar and then obtained a search warrant for a residence, located on Electric Street in Scranton, where Andujar was residing.  From the residence, police seized approximately 91 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to more than 3,100 individual retail bags of heroin. Police also seized a coffee bean grinder filled with heroin, $5,950 in cash, heroin packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation was conducted by the Scranton Police Department, Special Investigations Division, Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

Judge Caputo also ordered that Andujar be supervised by a probation officer for a period of four years following his release from prison. 

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.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 13, 2016