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Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

Drug trafficking case jails Anton Woodson Eddie Pace, Shawnette Isaac, Daryl Trent, Myron Owens, William Young, and Catherine Abbey

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that Anton Woodson, age 34, of East Stroudsburg, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to serve 63 months in prison for his role in a Monroe County-based heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Woodson previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and cocaine during 2014. Woodson admitted to being responsible for distributing between 100 grams and 400 grams of heroin, which translates to between approximately 4000 and 16,000 retail bags of heroin.

Woodson was one of seven people charged by a federal grand jury in a superseding indictment in March 2015. The others charged—Eddie Pace, Shawnette Isaac, Daryl Trent, Myron Owens, William Young, and Catherine Abbey—all have entered guilty pleas in the case. Trent was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment on drug and gun charges, and Isaac was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment for her role in the drug conspiracy. The other defendants, including Pace who was the leader of the drug ring, are awaiting sentencing.

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Judge Munley also ordered that Woodson serve four years on supervised release following his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local police from Monroe County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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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