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Luzerne County Women Sentenced For Fentanyl Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

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 on July 24, 2020, Chyvonne Traver, age 28, and Kayla Clark, age 29, both of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for fentanyl trafficking and firearms offenses.  Judge Mariani sentenced Traver to 36 months’ imprisonment and a four-year term of supervised release, and sentenced Clark to 60 months’ imprisonment and a four-year term of supervised release.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Traver and Clark were convicted of conspiring to distribute between 100 and 300 grams of a fentanyl mixed with acetyl fentanyl, which is equivalent to approximately 50,000 to 150,000 potentially lethal individual doses of fentanyl, in June and July 2018. Traver also was convicted of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and Clark also was convicted of possessing a stolen firearm.  Judge Mariani ordered the forfeiture of the firearm seized during the investigation.

A codefendant, Jhaquil Moore, previously was convicted of conspiring to distribute fentanyl, and was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment and a four-year term of supervised release.  Another individual, Corey Foster, was charged in a separate indictment with trafficking fentanyl.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Luzerne Country Drug Task Force, and the Kingston Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo prosecuted the case.

This case was 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.

This case was also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.  Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

This case further 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.


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Updated July 29, 2020

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