SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brittany Banscher, age 23, a resident of the Hawley area, Pennsylvania was sentenced on July 28, 2017, by United States District Court Senior Judge James M. Munley to serve 19 years’ imprisonment for drug distribution resulting in death.

According to United States Attorney, Bruce D. Brandler, Banscher pleaded guilty in December 2016, to distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin to a 21-year-old woman, who overdosed and died on September 4, 2015.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Munley also ordered that a probation officer supervise Banscher for three years following her release from prison, and that Banscher pay restitution in the amount of $7,213.

The case was investigated by the Scranton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration - Scranton office. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. 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 heroin related offenses.