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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wilkes-Barre Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Firearm In Connection With Drug Trafficking

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 31-year-old Wilkes-Barre man pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to carrying and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Tristan Somers, admitted to committing the crime in Wilkes-Barre on May 28, 2014.

     Somers was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2014, following an investigation by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Wilkes-Barre Police, and Kingston Police.

     Somers faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and a potential maximum sentence of life in prison.  Judge Kosik ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of the pre-sentence report.

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

Updated April 17, 2015