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Allentown man who allegedly made cops ill sentenced to 3 years

November 14, 2018

A former Allentown man was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge to serve 3 years in prison for distributing heroin and a type of the synthetic painkiller fentanyl.

Donte Spence, 21, allegedly swept fentanyl powder into the air when being arrested in a Monroeville hotel room almost three years ago after federal agents and officers learned about a drug trafficking operating working out of two rooms in the Days Inn.

Police and agents were hospitalized but the drug didn’t have lasting effects, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Some types of fentynal are deadly on contact.

About $4,000 in cash and drug packaging paraphernalia, along with more than 200 grams of heroin containing fentanyl were seized.

In sentencing papers, prosecutors wrote that Spence “swiped heroin and furanyl fentanyl from the desk, causing the substances to be airborne when agents and officers first entered the room. The substances are quite dangerous and potentially fatal and could have caused serious injury, or even death, to law enforcement officers when they first entered the hotel room.”

Prosecutors also wrote said Spence is only 21 but was arrested three times as a juvenile for robbery and drug offenses.

Spence was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. She also sentenced him to 3-years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security, state police and the Monroeville police conducted the investigation.

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