Friday, April 26, 2019

California Man Indicted For Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl And Other Drugs in Schuylkill County

On Thursday, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Esgardo Carrillo,25, a California resident, was indicted on April 23, 2019, by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, more than 400 grams of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin (one kilogram of heroin is equivalent to approximately 40,000 individual doses).
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Carrillo participated in the conspiracy to distribute the drugs from September 2018 to the present, and possessed with intent to distribute heroin in January 2019, in Schuylkill County and elsewhere.

The indictment stems from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa 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.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Each charge also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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