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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 34-year-old Philadelphia man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in the Hazleton area of Pennsylvania.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Edwin Laureano-Suarez, admitted to conspiring with others to distribute heroin between May 2014 and June 18, 2014.

     Laureano-Suarez was charged in a criminal Information filed on August 12, 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scranton Police.

     Judge Mannion ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of the pre-sentence report.

     Laureano-Suarez faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

     The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 9, 2015