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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Hazleton Man Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Heroin Trafficking


SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Antonio Perez, age 46, of Hazleton, was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment and three years on supervised release on June 28, 2018, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for distributing heroin.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Perez previously admitted to selling heroin to another person on July 2, 2014, in Hazleton. Perez sold slightly less than 100 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to just under 4,000 retail bags of heroin.

Perez was indicted by a grand jury in October 2014, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Scranton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa 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.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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