Judge Sentences Woman to Prison for Drug Distribution

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on December 22, 2022, United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Mariluz Arias De Gonzalez (“Arias”), age 49, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to 12 months and 1 day of imprisonment and a 3-year term of supervised release, for distribution of methamphetamine.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on two occasions on February 10, 2020, Arias distributed over 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Hazleton area.  Arias, a Dominican national, obtained the methamphetamine from a known Hazleton-based drug trafficker, who had previously fled to the Dominican Republic to avoid prosecution.

The matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John prosecuted the case.

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