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Stroudsburg Woman Charged With Heroin And Fentanyl Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Melissa Mangione, age 29, of Stroudsburg, PA, was indicted on November 14, 2023, by a federal grand jury for heroin and fentanyl trafficking.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that from approximately February 2018 until October 27, 2021, Mangione conspired with others to distribute and did distribute heroin and fentanyl at locations in Monroe County, PA.    

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its state and local law enforcement partners in Monroe County.  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.  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 also 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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

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

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Updated November 16, 2023

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