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PA Woman Sentenced to 5 Years In Prison For Drug Crimes Following Federal Investigation

PA Woman Sentenced to 5 Years In Prison For Drug Crimes Following Federal Investigation

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for drug crimes following a federal investigation involving the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and more law enforcement agencies. 

According to an official release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Amber Lingafelt, 40, a former resident of Johnstown, PA, will serve 60 months in a federal prison facility followed by four years of supervised release. 

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During court proceedings, the prosecution stated that between April 2019 and approximately July 2021, Lingafelt conspired to possess and distribute 28 grams or more of a substance with a "detectable cocaine base", in the form commonly known as "crack."

Lingafelt also conspired to distribute fentanyl and heroin.

According to a report from local newspaper, The Tribune-Democrat, Lingafelt originally pled guilty to the charges against her in September 2022, with  Senior U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson presiding.

Lingafelt was originally slated to be sentenced in January 2023 but the date was delayed for reasons that have not been made public. 

In addition to IRS-CI and the ATF, this case was investigated in cooperation with the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Pennsylvania State Police, Cambria County District Attorney's Office, Indiana County District Attorney's Office, Cambria County Sheriff's Office, Cambria Township Police Department, Indiana Borough Police Department, Johnstown Police Department, Upper Yoder Township Police Department, Richland Police Department, Ferndale Police Department and other law enforcement forces in the area. 

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The investigation into Lingafelt's activities is part of efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF specifically works to dismantle high-level drug trafficking operations, money laundering schemes, gang activity, and organized crime syndicates. 

The task force is led by Director Adam W. Cohen.

What do you think about Lingafelt's drug crimes?

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