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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2022

Shamokin Man Charged With Distribution Of Fentanyl

WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Eric Clark, age 32, of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, was indicted on August 18, 2022, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Clark distributed quantities of fentanyl on June 1, 2022 and again on August 3, 2022, in Northumberland County.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Shamokin Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel is prosecuting the case.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 22, 2022