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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wilkes-Barre Man Sentenced To 65 Months’ Imprisonment For Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that yesterday Senior United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo has sentenced Richard Hall, age 38, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to 65 months’ imprisonment for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base (crack) between 2009 and April 2013; and for distributing marijuana to a person under the age of 21.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Hall was a cocaine and marijuana dealer in the Wilkes-Barre area.  Hall obtained cocaine from New York City and marijuana from the Philadelphia for distribution in the Luzerne County area.  On April 2, 2013, FBI Agents arrested Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  On February 24, 2014, Hall appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and a charge that he distributed marijuana to a person under 21.

     The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.

Updated April 17, 2015