Pennsylvania Man Charged With Methamphetamine And Fentanyl Trafficking

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on December 13, 2022, John Bartel, age 63, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Bartel with possession with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and an additional amount of fentanyl, on August 3, 2022, in Schuylkill County.

The investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum sentence under federal law is up to forty years in prison, a term of supervised release and a fine.  A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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