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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Erie Woman Who Possessed Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute is Sentenced to Serve 10 Years in Federal Prison

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months on her conviction of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Tiesha Lasha Henderson, 31.

According to information presented to the court, on March 15, 2017, Henderson possessed with intent to distribute 67.27 grams of fentanyl. The fentanyl was discovered when members of the Erie County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Henderson’s residence in Erie, Pennsylvania. According to information provided to the court, Henderson attempted to flush the fentanyl down the toilet before officers executed the warrant. The fentanyl was packaged in three baggies, one of which had been diluted or "cut" for redistribution to other individuals in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone commented on the seriousness of the offense and the dangerousness associated with the distribution of fentanyl.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Erie County Detective Bureau, the Erie Police Department, the Millcreek Township Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Henderson.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 27, 2018