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Luzerne County Man Sentenced To Seven Years’ Imprisonment For Methamphetamine And Fentanyl 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 today that William Heck, age 42, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to seven years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and an additional amount of fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Heck previously pleaded guilty and admitted to possessing more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and additional amounts of fentanyl for distribution in the Hazleton area of Luzerne County in 2020.  The charges stem from an incident on October 2, 2020, in which members of the Pennsylvania State Police served a search warrant at a residence in Hazleton, where Heck was living, and seized 226 grams of methamphetamine, 2,464 packets of fentanyl, $4,452 in U.S. currency, and other items of drug paraphernalia.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local 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.


Updated May 17, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
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