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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 31, 2018
David J. Freed
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dawn Mayko

Pittston Man Sentenced to Six Years' Imprisonment for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Samuel Lombardo, age 53, of Pittston, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 72 months’ imprisonment on August 29, 2018, by United States District Court Judge James M. Munley for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Lombardo was convicted after a two-day jury trial in April 2018, for selling heroin on August 12 and 13, 2018, possessing with intent to distribute heroin, and carrying a .25 caliber Armi Tanfolio semi-automatic handgun during his drug trafficking activities.
The evidence at trial proved that Lombardo sold more than 60 grams of heroin during the course of one year, which is the equivalent to approximately 2,500-3,000 individual doses of heroin.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Kingston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Evan Gotlob and Phil Caraballo prosecuted the case
This case was 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.
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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.
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