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Pa. man pleads guilty to possession of fentanyl at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA – A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl while at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Stephen M. Smith, 42, of Bushkill pleaded guilty on Feb. 3, before United States Magistrate Judge Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., to possessing fentanyl while at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam said.

Smith was stopped in his vehicle on August 29, 2022, by park rangers at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and was found in possession of packets of fentanyl, multiple syringes, glass smoking pipes containing drug residue, and other items of drug paraphernalia, Karam said.

It is a federal crime to possess illegal controlled substances on federal property, Karam said.

Under federal law, the maximum penalty for possession of controlled substances on federal property is up to one year in prison and a minimum fine of $1000 and a maximum fine of $100,000. 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.

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