For Immediate Release
Monday, May 20, 2019
, United States Attorney
David J. Freed
Contact: Dawn Clark
Luzerne County Man Sentenced to 90 Months' Imprisonment for Heroin Trafficking and Firearms Offenses
Philadelphia Field Division
SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Wilson, age 26, of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to 90 Months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for distributing heroin and unlawfully possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Wilson previously admitted to distributing heroin between December 2016 and September 14, 2017, and possessing firearms in connection with his heroin trafficking. Wilson distributed between 40 grams and 60 grams of heroin, which is equivalent to between 1,800 and 3,000 retail bags of heroin.
The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Kingston Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.
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. The Department of Justice 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.
This case was also 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.