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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 27, 2021

Wilkes-Barre Man Convicted Of Drug Trafficking

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tysheen Gott, a/k/a “LB”, age 45, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crack, and tramadol, after a seven-day trial before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the jury found Gott guilty for having conspired to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and more than 400 grams of fentanyl during the conspiracy.  The jury also found Gott guilty on eight additional counts of unlawfully distributing fentanyl and/or crack between the time period beginning April 10, 2019 through March 5, 2020. 

The Government presented testimony from five of Gott’s co-conspirators, as well as testimony from ten of Gott’s former drug customers, which spanned the conspiracy beginning in 2013 until the time of Gott’s arrest in June 2020.  Federal law enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police officers from the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton Police Departments also testified.

Gott was one of eleven defendants indicted in May 2020.  All other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and are 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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the offenses is life in prison, 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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 27, 2021