SCRANTON — A Pittston man faces a maximum of life in prison and over $3 million in fines on charges of heroin trafficking and firearm offenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
A federal grand jury in Scranton on Tuesday indicted Samuel Lombardo, 50, with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin. Lombardo, of Mill Street in Pittston, was also charged with possessing a firearm.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lombardo was arrested in a joint investigation between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kingston Police Department, during which Lombardo in August sold heroin on two separate occasions.
According to the Times Leader archives, police on Aug. 12 arranged to purchase heroin from Lombardo, who allegedly arrived at a location to sell the drug for cash. The next day, police again set up a sale.
Lombardo was watched by police arriving at the location, where he got out of his vehicle and quickly re-entered to conduct the sale.
Stopped a short time later, Lombardo had seven additional bags of heroin, cash, and a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside his vehicle.
If found guilty, Lombardo faces a minimum of five years and up to life in prison as well as $3.25 million in fines.
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