A Stroudsburg man has been found guilty of dealing fentanyl-laced heroin that led to the death of two Monroe County residents.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that Vincent Ingino, 28, had been found guilty of two counts of unlawfully distributing a controlled substance resulting in death following a five-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.
U.S. Attorney David J. Freed stated that jurors took about three hours to render the guilty verdicts against Ingino for the Aug. 11, 2018, death of a 24-year-old victim, and the Aug. 12 death of a 28-year-old victim, both of Monroe County.
Ingino faces the possibility of life in prison, the maximum penalty allowed under federal law. The drug distribution resulting in death charge also carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment.
Prosecutors called upon Dr. Rameen Starling-Roney, a forensic pathologist, and Dr. Michael Coyer, a forensic toxicologist, who confirmed that fentanyl-laced heroin caused the death of both victims.
Pennsylvania State Police and other witnesses testified that Ingino sold the laced heroin to the first victim on Aug. 10, 2018, and to the second victim on Aug. 11, 2018. FBI Special Agents and other individuals related to the case also testified.
“Drug dealers such as this defendant, who profit from their illegal enterprise, bear responsibility for the destruction, damage and death that they cause,” Freed said. “We are proud to work with our partners in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI to bring a measure of justice to two families who have lost loved ones. While we will continue to do all that we can to promote treatment for those with substance use disorders, my office will always hold the dealers who push poison in our streets to account.”
The FBI’s Scranton Office, along with the Pennsylvania State Police and detectives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Olshefski and Jenny Roberts.
The case was brought forth as part of the Heroin Initiative, which targets heroin and opioid traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania as part of a coordinated effort between federal, state and local law enforcement to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who commit heroin-related offenses.