You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 27, 2014

Three People Charged In Monroe County-Based Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the unsealing of an indictment of three Monroe County residents issued by a federal grand jury in Scranton on October 14 for participating in a conspiracy that allegedly distributed heroin between November 2011 and the date of the indictment.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleges that Victor Tello, age 23; Jabril Greggs, age 24; and Yashmir Greggs, age 27, all of Tobyhanna, conspired with each other and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin during a three-year time period.

     The Indictment alleges that the suspects arranged to obtain heroin in New Jersey and transported it to the Monroe County area for further distribution. The indictment further alleges that the suspects communicated with each other and drug customers by cell phones.

     Each defendant is also charged in separate counts with distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

     The indictments were sealed until today pending the defendants being taken into custody.  Tello is incarcerated and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Court on October 30.  Yashmir Greggs was arrested on October 22 and is being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for October 29.  Jabril Greggs surrendered on October 23 and was released on bail.

     The charges stem from an investigation by special agents and task force officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

     If the defendants are convicted of the charges, they each face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

     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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     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 17, 2015