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New Jersey Man Sentenced To 46 Months’ Imprisonment For Cocaine 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 that Carlos Perez-Rivera, age 37, of West New York, New Jersey, was sentenced on July 20, 2023, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to 46 months’ imprisonment on the charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Perez-Rivera previously pleaded guilty and admitted to possessing four kilograms of cocaine for further distribution.  The charge stems from an incident on March 23, 2022, in which members of the Pennsylvania State Police made a traffic stop of a vehicle in Lackawanna County in which Perez-Rivera and another individual, Kelvin Vazquez-Pagan, age 24, of Passaic, New Jersey, were traveling.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately four kilograms of cocaine found hidden inside the vehicle.    

Co-defendant Kelvin Vazquez-Pagan is awaiting sentencing.      

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorneys Robert J. O’Hara and Brian J. Gallagher 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 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.       


Updated July 24, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking