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Hazleton Man Sentenced To Federal Prison On Drug Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Hazleton man was sentenced yesterday, in federal court in Scranton, by United States District Judge Robert Mariani, to serve 46 months in prison on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Juan Carlos Alvarez, age 28, a resident of Hazleton, pleaded guilty to the charge in March of this year.  Alvarez was ordered to serve an additional 3 years’ under court supervision upon his release from prison.

     Alvarez was charged after an investigation conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Hazleton Police Department and the Butler Township Police Department.    

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Houser.

Updated April 17, 2015