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Monroe County Man Charged With Drug 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 Rodney Wilcox, age 55, of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, was indicted on September 19, 2023, by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Wilcox with distributing fentanyl and cocaine between June 2023 and August 2023, in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Wilcox was also indicted for possessing multiple firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking operation and for possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon.

This matter was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop N, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Office. 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.

Wilcox faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a one million dollar fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release following imprisonment. 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.

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Updated September 21, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses