Shippensburg Man Sentenced To 235 Months In Federal Prison For Heroin Trafficking And Firearms Charges
HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dominick Pugliese, age 55, Shippensburg, PA, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg to 235 months (19.5 years) in federal prison on heroin trafficking and firearms charges.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Pugliese was charged in August 2015 and pled guilty in May 2016 to conspiring with others to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin since August 2014 and possession of a firearm, specifically, a 22 caliber rifle, in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Pugliese admitted to distributing at least one kilogram of heroin that would have resulted in the sale of close to 34,000 individual packets of heroin on the street.
Pugliese’s co-defendants Ryan Naugle, Dominick Burton and Jason Corman are awaiting sentencing. Pugliese’s wife, Delorie Pugliese, is awaiting trial.
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.
The case was investigated by the Harrisburg Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Franklin County Drug Task Force, the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, and the Cumberland County Probation Office. Prosecution of the case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe.
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