Man Receives 125-Month Prison Sentence for Methamphetamine Drug Trafficking

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SCRANTON, PA — United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani sentenced John Derr, age 40, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to 125 months imprisonment for a drug trafficking offense on August 29, 2023.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Derr previously pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine.  On July 29, 2021, in Luzerne County, Derr distributed over 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, and during the course of the scheme was responsible for the distribution of between 200 grams and 350 grams of methamphetamine.  Derr also possessed a 20-gauge sawed-off shotgun.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, the Kingston Police Department, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan prosecuted the case.

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