SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on February 18, 2020, United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Floyd Powell III, age 36, of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, to 102 months’ imprisonment for heroin trafficking.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Powell distributed between 100 and 400 grams of heroin between February and November 2017. That equates to between approximately 4,000 and 16,000 individual doses of heroin. Over 1,600 dosage bags were seized during the execution of a search warrant on Powell’s residence, along with $11,000 cash and an illegally-possessed handgun.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Hanover Township Police Department, and the Kingston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.
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