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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 5 Years’ Imprisonment For Possessing A Firearm In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Iglesias McEntyre, a/k/a “Max Pain,” age 33, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 12, 2022, to five years’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.  He had previously pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, McEntyre provided a drug user with approximately a gram of crack in exchange for a firearm.  McEntyre is a previously convicted felon and was on probation in Luzerne County for a drug trafficking charge at the time he committed that offense. 

The matter was investigated by the Scranton Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Detectives of the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department, and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

This matter was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated January 19, 2022