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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Stroudsburg Man Sentenced To 24 Months’ Imprisonment For Heroin And Fentanyl Trafficking

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on November 10, 2022, United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani sentenced Keith Parson, age 50, of Stroudsburg, PA, to 24 months’ imprisonment and a 3-year term of supervised release, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, from approximately November 2020 until November 2021, in Monroe County, Parson distributed street level quantities of a substance containing heroin and fentanyl, including from his residence in Stroudsburg.  On November 10, 2021, a search warrant was executed at Parson’s residence and authorities located approximately 5 grams of a substance containing heroin and fentanyl, along with packaging materials and other items consistent with both drug use and distribution.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its state and local law enforcement partners in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.

This case is 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was also 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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 10, 2022