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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Three Charged With Distribution Of Heroin

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that three Shippensburg residents were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on charges of unlawful distribution of at least 100 grams of heroin.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Jonathan Santana, 33, Dorothy Washington, 28, and Angelo Joy Harrison, 38, all of Shippensburg, Franklin County were charged in a two count indictment with unlawfully distributing at least 100 grams of heroin and conspiring with each other to distribute heroin, from November 2014 to March 2015.

The matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Harrisburg Resident Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe has been assigned to prosecute the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations 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 is 40 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $5 million 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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Updated April 29, 2015