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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Monroe County Man Sentenced To 36 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ronald McKenna, age 41, of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on June 30, 2021, to 36 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, McKenna pleaded guilty to distributing between 80 and 100 grams of heroin (which is the equivalent of 3,200 to 4,000 individual doses) and accepting a firearm in exchange for heroin. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni prosecuted the case.

This case 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.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

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Updated July 1, 2021