Luzerne County Man Charged With Drug Trafficking
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 Patrick Raymond Russin, age 52, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, was charged yesterday by criminal information with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the information alleges that between January 2021 and March 12, 2022, Russin conspired to distribute at least 40 grams of fentanyl in Luzerne County.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kingston Municipal Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.
This case was 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.
This case is also 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 40 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
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Updated August 30, 2022
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