Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl Resulting In Death

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Matthew Luce, a/k/a “Luck,” age 36, of Effort, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Thursday, January 19, 2023, to 240 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for distributing fentanyl resulting in death.  Judge Mannion also sentenced Luce to 188 months on a separate drug trafficking conspiracy case. The sentences are to run concurrently.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on February 6, 2021, Luce knowingly and intentionally distributed a quantity of fentanyl within the Middle District of Pennsylvania, resulting in the death of a 36-year-old Clinton, New Jersey man.  Luce was also responsible, between November 26, 2020, until the date of his arrest on February 23, 2021, for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine and 100 grams of heroin.  Luce had previously pleaded guilty to both charges.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office (NJ), the Clinton Police Department (NJ), the Stroud Area Regional Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Buchanan prosecuted the case.

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