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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shippensburg Man Sentenced To Federal Prison On Heroin Trafficking Charges

HARRISBURG –The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jonathan Santana, age 35, of Shippensburg man was sentenced today to 14 years imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo in Harrisburg.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Santana pleaded guilty on January 13, 2016 to distributing more than 100 grams of heroin and criminal conspiracy. Co-defendants Angelo Harrison and Dorothy Washington, also of Shippensburg, have also pled guilty in federal court before Judge Rambo and are both awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration Offices in Harrisburg and Hagerstown, Maryland, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Cumberland and Franklin County Drug Task Forces. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe.

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.

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. The Judge is required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 22, 2016