Drug dealer gets nearly 9 years in prison for selling bath salts
SCRANTON — A WilkesBarre man accused of conspiring to distribute bath salts was sentenced this week to serve nearly nine years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Robert Louis Benussi III, 26, was sentenced to 107 months in prison followed by three years of probation for conspiring with others to distribute drugs obtained from suppliers in China to buyers in Luzerne County from 2014 to 2015.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley imposed the sentence Thursday, noting Benussi used “force, threats, and intimidation” as part of his role in the conspiracy, prosecutors said.
So far, 18 people have been charged in the case since July 2013, including a Texasbased supplier, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Benussi, who is being held at the Lackawanna County Prison, is also scheduled to plead guilty on state robbery and terroristic threat cases next month, according to court records.
Earlier this month, Benussi filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging officials at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility failed to properly treat a broken foot, causing him “great pain and discomfort.” The complaint alleges Benussi broke his foot while playing basketball at the jail as he awaiting trial on the robbery charges, and that despite making frequent complaints, he was not properly treated for his injury for a month.
County officials have declined to comment on the pending litigation.