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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Two Wilkes-Barre Men Charged With Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that two Wilkes-Barre men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment charges Larry Hayes, age 28, with possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.  The indictment also charges Disean Kendricks, age 26, with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

The charges stem from an incident in which investigators served a search warrant at a residence located on Sullivan Street in Wilkes-Barre and seized heroin, cocaine and marijuana from a bedroom in which Hayes was sleeping.  From another bedroom in which Kendricks was sleeping investigators seized an additional amount of heroin and two firearms.

The investigation was conducted by the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Updated June 2, 2015