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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 24, 2022

Scranton Man Sentenced To 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Anthony Quamaine Brown, a/k/a, “BX,” age 39, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 21, 2022, to 180 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion following his conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Brown conspired to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and more than 40 grams of fentanyl during the conspiracy.

Brown was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release upon release from custody. Brown was one of eleven defendants indicted in May 2020.  With the exception of Tysheen Gott, a/k/a “LB,” all other co-conspirators pleaded guilty.  Gott was convicted after trial in August 2021 and is awaiting sentencing. 

This case was the result of a year-long investigation, in part driven by multiple federal wiretaps conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, the Scranton Police Department, the Pittston City Police Department, the Plymouth Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Olshefski and Robert O’Hara prosecuted the case.

This case was part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was also 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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated January 24, 2022