Monroe County Man Charged with Distributing Crack Cocaine
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a criminal Information was filed today charging a Monroe County resident with distributing crack cocaine during a seven-month time period.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the Information alleges that Dominic Darby, age 31, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, distributed and possessed with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) in Monroe County from October 2013 to April 30, 2014.
The charge stems from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Darby faces a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if he is convicted of the charge.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.
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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.