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Indiana, PA Man Sentenced For Distributing Heroin/Fentanyl Mix that Caused an Overdose Death

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa - A resident of Indiana, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release on his conviction of a violation of federal narcotics law, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Justin Kromer, age 31.

According to information presented to the court, on March 30, 2016, Kromer possessed and distributed stamp bags marked with "Block Party" and containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to an individual with the initials J.W. On March 30, 2016, J.W. overdosed and died from using the controlled substances. As part of his guilty plea, Kromer accepted responsibility for causing J.W.’s death.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Offices of the District Attorneys of Allegheny and Indiana Counties, the Indiana County Drug Task Force, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kromer.

Updated November 10, 2020

Drug Trafficking