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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stroudsburg Woman Enters Guilty Plea To Federal Charge For Allowing Her Residence To Be Used For Methamphetamine Trafficking

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Stroudsburg woman pleaded guilty today in Scranton before Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to a charge involving the use of her residence for methamphetamine trafficking. 

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Jeannine Altemose, age 53, of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, entered a guilty plea to the charge of maintaining drug involved premises.  Altemose admitted to allowing a co-defendant to store and distribute methamphetamine from her residence in Stroudsburg in 2013 and 2014. 

Altemose was one of seven individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2014, after a several month investigation conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Stroud Regional Police Department regarding methamphetamine trafficking in  Monroe County. 

The charges against the remaining defendants are currently pending.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty for all charges under the federal statutes is imprisonment for 20 years, 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.

Updated April 9, 2015