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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Allentown Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Multiple Firearms Violations, Dealing Drugs Near a School

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Francisco Cruz-Pica, a/k/a “Javi,” 38, of Allentown, PA was sentenced to 10 years in prison, eight years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine by United States District Judge Jeffrey Schmehl for trafficking drugs and illegally possessing firearms, including a machine gun.

In January 2020, Cruz-Pica pleaded guilty to an 11-count Indictment charging drug trafficking and multiple firearms offenses, including distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a public school, maintaining a drug house, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a machine gun, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He committed these offenses while on supervised release for a previous felony firearms conviction in the District of Puerto Rico, and is a notorious drug dealer known to authorities operating in and around Allentown.

“This defendant clearly has no respect for the law or for the Allentown community,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Not only did he illegally possess multiple firearms and deal drugs near a school – a place that is supposed to be a safe haven for children – but he did so while on supervised release for a previous felony conviction. My Office is committed to working with our local law enforcement partners, like District Attorney Martin and the Allentown Police Department, to protect the Allentown community by investigating and convicting criminals like Cruz-Pica, and put them behind bars.”

“I commend the Allentown Resident Office of the FBI and the Allentown Police Department on their investigation, which has enabled an effective prosecution by the U. S. Attorney and has resulted in a dangerous criminal being taken off the streets of our community,” said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

“Cruz-Pica illegally armed himself to the teeth as he flooded the streets of Allentown with drugs,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “All while on supervised release imposed for an earlier gun crime. Today’s sentence, obtained through the efforts of the FBI and our partners on the Lehigh Valley Safe Streets Task Force, ensures this repeat offender and threat to public safety remains behind bars for some time.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Allentown Resident Agency, the City of Allentown Police Department, and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly A. Lewis Fallenstein.

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Violent Crime
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Updated August 18, 2020