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Luzerne County Man Charged With Trafficking Fentanyl And Possessing Stolen Firearms

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 today that Eshawn Harrell, age 29, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 1, 2023, for drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Harrell with possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession of stolen firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking on June 29, 2023.  

This matter was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Assistant United States Attorney Brian J. Gallagher is prosecuting the case.

This case is 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.

Harrell faces a maximum penalty of forty (40) years in prison and a lifetime 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.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


Updated August 4, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses