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Shamokin Man Sentenced To Four Years’ Imprisonment For Conspiring To Distribute Heroin

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

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Adam Poeth, age 33, of Shamokin, Pennsylvania was sentenced on March 28, 2019, by United States District Matthew W. Brann to 48 months’ imprisonment followed by a 4-year term of supervised release for conspiring to sell 100 grams or more of heroin, which is equivalent to approximately 4,000 individual doses of heroin.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, in August 2018, Poeth pled guilty to conspiring with others to distribute heroin.  Co-defendant, Chad Snyder was sentenced to time-served followed by a 3-year term of supervised release on February 8, 2019.  The final co-defendant, Frank Galasso, age 65, of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is awaiting trial.

The investigation was conducted by the Berwick Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisan V. Martin 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 was also brought as 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. The Department of Justice 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 April 8, 2019

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