WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Glen Taormina, age 46, of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.
According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the two-count indictment alleges that Taormina distributed 50 grams and more of methamphetamine on June 16, 2021, and then, on June 17, 2022, he possessed with the intent to distribute another 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, 40 grams and more of fentanyl, and detectable amounts of heroin in Northumberland County. The indictment also seeks the criminal forfeiture of $10,754 in cash recovered on June 17, 2021.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel is prosecuting the case.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin and other opioids. 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 opioid related offenses.
The maximum penalty under federal law for each of these offenses is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
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