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WILKES-BARRE — A woman from Hanover Township who admitted to packaging and selling heroin from her residence on Rutter Street and in a motel room in Hazle Township was sentenced to state prison by a Luzerne County judge Friday.


Keri Lyn Longenberger, 24, was sentenced by Judge Fred Pierantoni III to three to six years in state prison on separate counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and one count each of criminal conspiracy and identity theft.


Pierantoni imposed the sentence to run at the same time as a three- to six-year sentence that was given to Longenberger on June 4 in Montgomery County Court on forgery and drug related offenses.


Assistant District Attorney Mamie Phillips had asked the sentence be imposed consecutively, meaning Longenberger would had begun Pierantoni’s sentence when she completes the punishment handed down in Montgomery County.


Longenberger and Dontrell Ferguson, 35, were captured Sept. 24, 2013, when township police, state police and the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force went to the Rutter Street residence. At the time, Longenberger and Ferguson were wanted by authorities.


Suspected marijuana and heroin packaging materials were spotted in plain view inside the house.


The residence was searched, resulting in the discovery of $3,000 worth of unpackaged heroin, $6,500 cash, hundreds of new and used heroin packets, heroin package stampers marked “Trick or Treat” and “Letter,” a digital scale, three cell phones and a coffee grinder with heroin residue, according to court records.


State police at Hazleton said Longenberger identified herself with another woman’s name during a traffic stop at which the vehicle was filled with cash on June 9, 2012.


At the Mt. Laurel Motel where she had been staying state police found heroin, marijuana and packaging materials, according to the criminal complaint.


Longenberger’s attorney, Thomas Cometa, said she became addicted to heroin when she was 22 years old and got mixed up with the wrong crowd.


Ferguson is facing drug-related offenses in county court. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 15.


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