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SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Crispin Fernandez, age 27, of Pacoima, California, was sentenced on September 30, 2020 to 13 years’ imprisonment and to serve 10 years on supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for his participation in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that shipped more than a kilogram of heroin from California to Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Fernandez previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, which is equivalent to more than 40,000 retail bags of heroin, between July 2018 and November 2018.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted 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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