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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Stroudsburg Man Charged With Drug Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on November 16, 2021, Malik Adoyi, age 24, of Stroudsburg, PA, was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking and firearm offenses.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment charges Adoyi with five counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl, one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl between July 16 and November 10, 2021, in Monroe County, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm on November 10, 2021.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its state and local law enforcement partners in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery St John is prosecuting 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 and fentanyl.  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 is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

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 maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is 40 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also 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. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated November 18, 2021