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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 29, 2021

Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 63 Months’ Imprisonment For Firearms And Drug Trafficking Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Caleb Guerrier, age 39, of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on March 29, 2021, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to 63 months’ imprisonment for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and being in possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the charges stem from  an incident in March 2014, in which investigators served a search warrant at Guerrier’s residence in Hanover Township and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition, including five semi-automatic pistols, three of which had obliterated serial numbers, one sawed-off shotgun, multiple boxes of assorted ammunition, drug paraphernalia and $195 in United States currency.  Guerrier is a convicted felon and is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. The charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine stems from a separate incident in June 2016, in which investigators searched a storage unit which Guerrier rented in Wilkes-Barre Township and seized crack cocaine, additional amounts of ammunition and $5000 in U.S. currency. Guerrier previously entered a guilty plea to both the firearms and drug trafficking offenses.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Mannion ordered that upon release from prison Guerrier be supervised by a probation officer for three years.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and the Hanover Township Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted 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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.           

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 29, 2021