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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 3, 2021

Wilkes-Barre Woman Sentenced To 127 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Scranton - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on September 2, 2021, Danielle Moorer, age 36, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 127 months’ imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for her involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than a 1,000 grams of heroin and other drugs throughout Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Wyoming Counties.  

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Moorer previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin (which is equivalent to more than 50,000 retail bags) between 2015 and 2018.  Moorer also admitted that she possessed firearms in connection with her drug trafficking activities.

Moorer’s conviction and sentence resulted from a federal investigation involving Moorer and her husband, Hakim Wilburn, as drug traffickers operating throughout Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Wyoming Counties.  Wilburn previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and was sentenced to a term of 198 months’ imprisonment.

Federal agents also seized approximately $100,000 in cash from Moorer and Wilburn, which was forfeited as a resulted of their prosecution, along with multiple Rolex watches, vehicles, and four firearms. 

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and members of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce crime.

This case was 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.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 3, 2021