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Wilkes-Barre Man Sentenced For Drug Distribution Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON-The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Paul Rodriguez, age 41, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on February 10, 2017, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to serve 108 months’ imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Rodriguez was indicted along with eight co-conspirators in November 2014, and pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy. All eight persons charged in the case have pleaded guilty. Rodriguez and his co-conspirators distributed between 15 kilograms and 50 kilograms of cocaine in Northeastern Pennsylvania between January 2013 and November 2014. The cocaine was shipped to Pennsylvania from Puerto Rico.


The case was investigated by the Scranton Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob prosecuted the case.


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Updated February 14, 2017

Drug Trafficking