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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
David J. Freed
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dawn Mayko

Wilkes-Barre Man Sentenced to Eight Years' Imprisonment for Conspiring to Distribute Crack Cocaine

WILKES-BARRE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that on April 6, 2018, United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo sentenced Jaquan Henderson, age 28, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to eight years’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Henderson pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine in February 2016. Henderson was charged with five other individuals in May 2016. Henderson’s sentence was impacted, in part, by his significant criminal history, which qualified him as a career offender under the advisory United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and by the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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