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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shenandoah Man Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Role In Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Shane Lopez, age 22, of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to five years in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, for his role in a heroin trafficking ring that operated in Schuylkill County from 2012 through May 2016.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Lopez previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin (which equals approximately 4000 retail bags of heroin). Lopez admitted to being a sub-distributor of heroin for Rhashean Strange, a/k/a “Chicago,” who headed-up the conspiracy. Strange previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Eleven people have been charged in the case.


Judge Munley also ordered Lopez to serve four years on supervised release following his prison sentence.


In imposing the sentence, Judge Munley noted that Lopez’s activities contributed to the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our communities.


Lopez was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2016, as a result of an investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police, and Shenandoah Police. 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.



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Drug Trafficking
Updated July 19, 2017