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Hazleton Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Distributing Crack Cocaine

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 56-year-old man who pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine in the Hazleton area in September 2013, was sentenced to 72 months in prison yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani in Scranton.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Angel Rafael Tejeda-Mejia (also known as “Jose Angeles”), a citizen of the Dominican Republic who resided in the Hazleton area at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty on November 6, 2015 to  distribution of crack cocaine.  

Tejeda-Mejia was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2014, as a result of an investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Hazleton Police.  

Judge Mariani also ordered the defendant to serve three years on supervised release following his prison sentence. The defendant is also subject to deportation following his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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Updated June 9, 2016

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